The unspoilt beauty of this south west corner of Scotland is the perfect antidote to the hurly burly of modern life. Here there are deserted beaches, magnificent forests, rugged moors and beautiful lochs, all unblemished and untouched by tourism. But Dumfries and Galloway is not only perfect for chilled-out holidays, if you want a bit more action you can also find a range of activities and sports, from walking and cycling to golf and fishing.

To the west of the region is the quiet market town of Newton Stewart on the banks of the River Cree. This is a popular area for walkers and cyclists with open rolling countryside and close by to the Galloway Forest Park. In contrast with gentle scenery of the Solway Firth the Galloway Hills to the north has beautiful moors, mountains, lakes and rivers, with at its heart the Galloway Forest Park, some 150,000 acres of forest land with waymarked trails that are ideal for trekking and cyclists.

Formal gardens and country parks can be found throughout this area, the foremost of which is Threave Garden and Castle just south of Castle Douglas along the shores of Loch Carlingwark, renowned for its horticultural gardens and woodland covering some sixty acres. To the north of the town Loch Ken provides for more strenuous activities such as waterskiing, sailing and windsurfing.

To the south are the sandy coves and estuarine mudflats of the Solway Firth. The charming coastal resort of Kirckcudbright sits half way along the coast and was once a busy shipping port but now has a more tranquil atmosphere. Further east The Colvend coast has some lovely stretches of coastline and coastal villages providing moorings for visiting yachts and boat hire.

Inland on the River Nith, Dumfries is the regions largest town and a great base from which to explore the whole area. The town is also renowned for its associations with Robert Burns who spent the last five years of his life here.

Viewfield Farmhouse ref: UKC2271

New Galloway, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£588-£1535

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4 star rating
Viewfield Farmhouse
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Perfectly suited for families or groups wanting to enjoy walking, mountain biking or soaking up the stunning scenery.
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Fairview ref: UK5392

Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£542-£1493

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4 star rating
Just 100 yards from the beach and Solway coastline, Fairview offers spacious accommodation for up to eight guests, and your dog can come too!
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Glendower Apartment ref: UK5486

Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£654

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This fabulous coastal apartment offers the perfect base for a romantic Scottish getaway, boasting picture postcard views over the estuary.
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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The Carriage ref: W43089

Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£746

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3 star rating
This converted 1957 railway carriage in a quiet setting, is close to Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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The Loft ref: CC537057

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£248-£494

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3 star rating
Nestled within a 400 acre dairy and beef farm close to Annan.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Ropeworks ref: CC537126

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£729-£1517

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4 star rating
A stunning and uniquely designed detached house by the beach
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Bengairn ref: W2076

Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£295-£944

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4 star rating
Delightful log cabin with patio doors onto terrace, ideal for al fresco dining, golfers will love the adjacent golf course.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Strathmaddie Farm Cottage ref: CC537103

Palnure by Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£365-£874

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4 star rating
Beautiful barn conversion for 4 nestled at the foot of the Cairnsmore of Fleet in the Galloway Hills
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Bardristane Forge ref: S66

Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£424-£975

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4 star rating
This cottage in an AONB near the beach, has views from every room, at the edge of a Dark Sky Park.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Horsepark Cottage ref: SYYS

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£424-£970

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4 star rating
Enjoy uninterrupted views of the sea from this period, Victorian, detached holiday cottage.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Kirkennan Lodge ref: CC537230

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£394-£939

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3 star rating
Located in a village close to Dalbeattie, this property is the ideal base for exploring Dumfries and Galloway.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Palmallet Cottage ref: CC537145

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£304-£699

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4 star rating
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Dumbretton Cottage ref: CC537055

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£248-£494

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3 star rating
Collection of three farm cottages nestled within a 400 acre dairy and beef farm only 3.5 miles from Annan.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Waterside Cottage ref: CC537102

Gibbhill near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£344-£874

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4 star rating
A immaculately presented property in a perfect location
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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2 North Barnkirk ref: UK5114

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£347-£890

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4 star rating
This lovely semi-detached cottage, enjoys a tranquil setting only 1 mile from Newton Stewart.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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