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.

Arden Cottage ref: CC537076

Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£332-£874

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Arden Cottage
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Single storey cottage for 4/6 in Twynholm only 3 miles from Kirkcudbright
 
 
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The Spinney Cottage ref: CC537172

Garlieston, Wigtownshire, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679

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4 star rating
Delightful end-terraced single storey cottage in Garlieston.
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    2
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Rockcliffe ref: 7342

Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£301-£818

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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.
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Hameish Holiday Cottage ref: UKC1823

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£408-£858

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4 star rating
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This beautiful cottage is set amongst landscaped gardens in a pretty Scottish harbour town making it ideal for couples or small families.
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The Old Sunday School ref: SEEO

Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

£459-£767

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4 star rating
A great base for discovering Dumfries and Galloway with beautiful beaches, coastal, hill and woodland walks. Cycling and riding nearby.
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    2
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The Duchy ref: CC537262

near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£538-£1252

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5 star rating
A wing of a grand property with a private hot tub, two wood burners and TVs in all the bedrooms.
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    2
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Granary ref: UK5242

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£907

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Close to Galloway Forest Park, this comfortable property is a wonderful couples’ retreat and is also not far from Kirkcudbright with its many visitor attractions.
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    2
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    1
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Whitecroft - Rose Cottage ref: 28176

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£277-£817

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4 star rating
Quiet, peaceful location on working farm, cottage with wood burner, ideal for exploring Solway Coast and Galloway Forest Park.
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    2
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The Hayloft ref: W2776

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£256-£538

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3 star rating
Set in a scenic location, The Hayloft is ideally placed for those who enjoy walking and cycling.
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    4
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    2
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Sunnyhill View ref: W42728

Holywood, Dumfries & Galloway

£356-£931

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4 star rating
Enjoying view over the countryside, with many villages and beaches nearby, popular with walkers and cyclists.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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The Lodge ref: CC537060

Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£524

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3 star rating
Idyllically placed lodge for 4 adjacent to Loch Ryan just over a mile from Stranraer.
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    2
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Caerlaverock Cottages - Bankswood Cottage ref: 31292

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£407-£1055

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4 star rating
Perfectly situated to explore this wonderful area by car, bike or on foot, and the Mabie Forest mountain bike tracks are close by.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
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    3
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Cogsfoot Cottage ref: W41259

Crawick, near Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

£458-£1184

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4 star rating
There is so much to do here, from panning for gold to watching the salmon leaping, you’ll be sure to return!
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    7
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    1
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    3
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Hillend Guest Cottage ref: UK5022

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£257-£575

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3 star rating
Enjoy wonderful open views towards Moffat Water and the Southern Upland Way from this holiday property.
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    2
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    2
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    1
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    1
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Rose Cottage ref: RCHN116

Gelston, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£442-£1139

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3 star rating
Traditional cottage with sun room and open fire, bordering stream and waterfall, Loch Ken for water sports and fishing nearby.
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  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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