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.

Airyhemming Farm ref: CC537213

Glenluce near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£727-£1935

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4 star rating
Airyhemming Farm
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A large, detached farmhouse with open views of the countryside. Hot tub in the garden and private fishing available on the nearby river.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Ancrum House ref: UKC1460

Gretna Green , Dumfries & Galloway

£758-£1795

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4 star rating
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This stunningly presented holiday home provides spacious accommodation that has been thoughtfully presented throughout - perfect for a larger social gathering.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    4
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Up Yonder ref: 27897

Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£504-£1120

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5 star rating
This beautiful cottage with sea views is ideal for exploring the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway hills.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Erin View ref: CC537209

Glenluce near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£386-£931

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4 star rating
A delightful, rural bungalow which enjoys sea views towards Luce Bay, an area well known for its unspoilt natural beauty.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Arkland Mill ref: STTZ

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£398-£1076

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4 star rating
This property with large garden, summerhouse and cosy woodburner is surrounded by the Galloway Hills, with dramatic views towards the Solway Firth.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Palmallet Cottage ref: CC537145

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£679

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4 star rating
At the top of the lawn a further archway entices you into the secret garde. Here you will find a little summer house just perfect for sharing a glass or two of wine or for stargazing.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Old School ref: CC537187

Auchenmalg, Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£310-£558

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3 star rating
A single storey period property with lovely views from every window.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Seascape and Sea Rise Cottages - Sea Rise ref: 26035

Southerness, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£590-£1426

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4 star rating
Conveniently located just 500 yards from the sandy beach. After a day exploring, come back and have fun in the games room and hot tub.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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The Carriage ref: W43089

Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£303-£733

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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
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Tystie Cottage ref: 28858

Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£293-£764

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4 star rating
From this charming cottage discover the beach just 100 yards away or for further sightseeing catch a ferry to Ireland.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Liftingstane Cottage ref: UK5232

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£393-£824

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4 star rating
An attractive barn conversion located on a farm just 3 miles from Thornhill, in the Nithsdale Valley.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Rockcliffe ref: 7342

Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£301-£781

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3 star rating
Family cottage in lovely seaside village, with nearby NT footpath with magnificent views over bays, headlands, and Rough Island reserve.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Park Cottage ref: 29716

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£719-£1482

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This property is located in the grounds of the Cally Palace Hotel, with free access to their recreational facilities.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Rocky Knowe ref: CC537085

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£609-£848

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3 star rating
Spacious bungalow for 6 near Kippford and Dalbeattie enjoying superb views toward the Urr Estuary
 
 
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Heatherview Cottage ref: CC537050

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£389-£528

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4 star rating
Detached cottage for 5 sitting delightfully within an oasis of green fields near Sandhead
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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