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.

Meikledale Lodge ref: W41861

Ewes, near Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

£335-£338

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4 star rating
Meikledale Lodge
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Ideal for a family with pets, this single-storey property is in a great location for exloring the scenic Ewe’s Valley.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Spoutwells - The Byre ref: UK5289

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£412-£1114

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5 star rating
Boasting its own private hot tub, this property is the perfect place to gather with friends and relax with a glass of wine in hand, whilst admiring the extensive views.
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    6
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Galloway Cottage ref: UK5133

near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

£361-£849

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4 star rating
Providing accommodation for six, Galloway Cottage is set out in an open plan layout with wonderful views of the Galloway Hills and Wigtown Bay Estuary.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
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  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Glenbank ref: 27466

Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£299-£813

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4 star rating
An ideal retreat for walkers and cyclists, or the River Cairn is close by for salmon and trout fishing.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Waulkmill Cottage ref: UK5013

Carronbridge near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£649

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4 star rating
A comfortable, bright and welcoming cottage providing a delightful base; visit the extensive grounds of Drumlanrig Castle just two miles away.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Moorings ref: W42414

Isle of Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£315-£610

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4 star rating
Ideal for couples, this quayside holiday apartment in the heart of Galloway, enjoys views over the harbour and sea.
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    2
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    2
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    1
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Fourwinds ref: UK5200

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£306-£690

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4 star rating
Admire the sea views from the floor-to-ceiling windows of this bungalow which lies in a small, friendly village.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Crollin ref: CC537207

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£292-£547

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4 star rating
Located within walking distance of the centre of Kirkcudbright, this holiday property is in a peaceful setting.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
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Lochryan View ref: 23995

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£283-£637

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4 star rating
An ideal location for walkers. Discover several beaches close by or visit Agnew Park, which children will love.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
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  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
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Olafs Cottage ref: 14564

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£309-£783

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3 star rating
From this delightful cottage enjoy magnificent sea views. Discover the paths leading to a secluded, sandy and pebble beach.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Waterside Cottage ref: CC537276

Newbie near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£474-£1053

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4 star rating
A detached cottage set in an elevated position overlooking the Solway and having direct access to a private beach.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Millwalk Cottage ref: SCCG

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£418-£968

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4 star rating
This single-storey holiday cottage is ideal for small families and the dog, 10-minutes walk to the coast.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Number 12 ref: CC537170

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£436

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4 star rating
Ground floor apartment tucked away from the famous ‘double’ High Street of Moffat
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    2
  • Number of Pets
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  • Bedrooms
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Kinvara ref: UK5385

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£792-£1818

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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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Out of the World ref: 28404

Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£335-£1015

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4 star rating
From this beautiful retreat explore the Solway coast with many beaches and coves.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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