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.

Portside Cottage ref: CC537137

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679

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3 star rating
Portside Cottage
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Terraced cottage for 5 situated in the heart of the pretty coastal village of Portpatrick
 
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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West Mains Cottage ref: W43377

Kirkinner, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£336-£743

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4 star rating
A perfect base from which to explore, with beaches, the Galloway Hills and Newton Stewart all within easy reach.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    SAT

Killantrae Burn Cottages - Killantrae Burn B ref: 27145

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£399-£999

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4 star rating
Light and airy cottage with upstairs lounge, ideal for wildlife watching from the picture windows, Galloway Hills are close by.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Edenville ref: CC537249

Gatehouse of Fleet near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£388-£899

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4 star rating
Enjoying stunning views over Fleet Bay, this detached cottage lies just a short stroll from a choice of sandy beaches.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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The Barn ref: W44192

Barnbarroch, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£415-£925

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4 star rating
The Barn lies in the heart of 7Stanes mountain biking country in the beautiful Dalbeattie Forest.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Allanhead ref: CC537054

Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£874

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3 star rating
Allanhead is a pretty Galloway cottage for 6/8 guests affording stunning views of the sea and rolling hills
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Kinvara ref: UK5385

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£719-£1826

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4 star rating
Located in the bustling harbour town of Stranraer and close to the beach this detached villa is close to all amenities.
  • Sleeps
    14
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Coachman’s Cottage ref: 28234

Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£306-£804

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4 star rating
A family retreat located just a 5-minute walk from Sandyhills beach, which is a popular area for walkers and cyclists.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Kirkhill ref: CC537205

Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£564-£1208

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4 star rating
There are plenty of outdoor activities which can be found close to this lovely property, or simply relax in the grounds and enjoy the hot tub!
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    FRI

The Granary ref: SPPC

Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£351-£758

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4 star rating
Situated on the 6000-acre Lincluden Estate, on the edge of moors and woodland, with sandy beaches and lovely gardens nearby.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Palmallet Cottage ref: CC537145

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£679

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4 star rating
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Laharna Cottage ref: 692

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£725

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3 star rating
Just yards from the sea, traditional cottage with open fire, easy access to sea and shore fishing and coastal walks.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT

The Moat House ref: UK5391

Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£872-£2694

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5 star rating
With an outstanding array of accessible features, The Moat House provides an inspiring venue ideal for families, holidays with friends and groups/individuals with carers.
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    4
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

Helm’s Deep ref: W41598

Sandyhills, near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

£388-£1244

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3 star rating
Enjoy a shared indoor swimming pool, free unlimited broadband, wi-fi and Netflix during your stay at Helm’s Deep.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Creebank ref: SSAA

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£426-£891

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4 star rating
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT