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.

Craigslave Cottage ref: CC537223

near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£302-£665

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3 star rating
Craigslave Cottage
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A rural, detached bungalow with wood burner and lawned garden, just two miles from a beach and the historic harbour village of Portpatrick.
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The Cottage ref: SRRF

Garlieston, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£379-£967

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4 star rating
Just yards from sandy beach, an ideal base to explore the Solway coastline with rocky coves and picturesque villages.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Blaeberry Cottage ref: 28061

Near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£399-£1008

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3 star rating
Set in a quiet location with a beautiful enclosed garden. Take a day trip to Edinburgh which can be reached within an hour.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Lochhill Bungalow ref: CC537275

New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£620-£1491

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4 star rating
This delightful bungalow is ideal for a family or group of friends. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Dumfries and Galloway is a perfect location any time of year.
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    8
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Tign An Uruisge ref: 29661

Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

£361-£800

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4 star rating
Savour wonderful sea views from this cottage, enjoy a round of golf or visit the local nature reserve.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: The Byre ref: 25984

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£317-£749

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4 star rating
Light, airy cottage in tranquil location, surrounded by open countryside, Galloway Forest Park, mountain bike trails and Threave Gardens nearby.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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Ropeworks ref: CC537126

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£709-£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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Harbour Row - Jura ref: 27102

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£302-£742

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3 star rating
Spacious family cottage, with garden overlooking the sea, and open fire, is ideal for spotting harbour porpoises, dolphins and seals.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Knockkennoch 2 ref: CC537258

Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

£352-£731

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3 star rating
Close to both the river and sea at Kirkandrews this cottage is well placed for fun and relaxation.
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    6
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Helm’s Deep ref: W41598

Sandyhills, near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

£404-£1194

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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.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Edenville ref: CC537249

Gatehouse of Fleet near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£419-£883

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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.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    3
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The Orangerie ref: STTT

Bargrennan, near Glentrool, Dumfries & Galloway

£393-£1016

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5 star rating
A unique barn conversion, enjoy spectacular views over the Galloway Hills from the private hot tub.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Harbour Side View ref: CC537180

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£874

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Second floor apartment overlooking the stunning rocky Irish Channel towards the Antrim coastline
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Muirhead Cottage ref: W41011

Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£344-£780

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3 star rating
Nestled in the hills on the nearby Southern Upland Way, a perfect destination for cyclists and golfers.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Auchenhill Lodge ref: CC537045

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679

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3 star rating
Detached lodge for 4 situated in an idyllic woodland setting close to Kippford, often described as Scotland’s ’Riviera’.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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