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.

Seaside Retreat ref: W42537

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£211-£521

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3 star rating
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Great for a couple or small family, just yards from the sea with beaches, coves and breathtaking scenery all around.
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Liftingstane Cottage ref: UK5232

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£393-£836

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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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    2
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Conheath Gatelodge ref: SCB

Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£409-£934

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4 star rating
This single-storey, traditional Georgian cottage boasts original features, cosy open fire and garden with views over the Nith estuary.
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Iona Cottage ref: CC537211

Ruthwell near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£229-£619

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3 star rating
Ideal single-storey retreat with cosy wood burner. Explore Dumfries and Galloway, or even the northern Lake District.
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Alma Cottage ref: CC537270

Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£256-£669

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3 star rating
Just two miles from the beach and five miles to Kirkcudbright, this detached cottage is situated in a delightful village, just 20 yards from the pub.
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Knockinaam House ref: UK5095

near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£601-£1628

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5 star rating
This substantial detached property, with views over open farmland, is ideal for larger groups. The traditional harbour and small sandy beach at Portpatrick is close by.
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    8
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    3
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Knock School Cottage ref: 2234

Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£240-£523

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3 star rating
Situated in a rural location, ideal for star gazing on a clear night. Close to the unspoilt beaches and coves.
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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Kirkennan Mews ref: CC537229

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£299-£679

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4 star rating
This property is set in a peaceful location, surrounded by 35 acres of grounds and backing onto the River Urr.
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Holmhill Steading Cottage ref: CC537154

Thornhill, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£359-£686

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4 star rating
Once the stable block and grooms quarters to the elegant main house this spacious property is easily accessible
 
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Esk Apartment ref: SAW

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£415-£1065

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4 star rating
With an outdoor children’s play area and superb indoor and outdoor facilities, all the family are sure to be kept entertained.
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    2
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    1
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Muirhead Cottage ref: W41011

Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£283-£797

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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
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    2
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    2
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    1
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Chestnut Lodge ref: UK5096

near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£338-£751

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5 star rating
A well-equipped, cosy annexe close to the thriving harbour village of Portpatrick. The Mull of Galloway is a short drive as is the Galloway Forest and the ancient Dunskey Castle.
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Station Road ref: UK5583

Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£248-£599

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With Lockerbie’s train station just across the road, with trains to Glasgow and Edinburgh, this is great base for a car-free holiday.
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    5
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    3
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Park Cottage ref: 29716

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£709-£1521

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This property is located in the grounds of the Cally Palace Hotel, with free access to their recreational facilities.
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    12
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
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    3
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Glencroft ref: UK5471

near Portpatrick, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£315-£836

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4 star rating
This is an ideal coastal property for a family wishing to discover the Rhins Peninsula with lighthouses and botanical gardens within easy reach.
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    4
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    2
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    2
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