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.

Spring Tide ref: CC537142

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£359-£679

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Relaxing retreat for 4 with lovely sea views and a private balcony overlooking Wigtown Bay
 
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Milldam Croft ref: UK5525

New Abbey, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£793

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Lovers of the great outdoors will be ideally placed at this ground floor apartment just a few miles from Dumfries.
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Mountain Cross ref: ULJ

Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£422-£1410

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In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just 3 miles from sandy beaches, there are many activities nearby for all the family including the dog!
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  • Bedrooms
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Hill View ref: 25874

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£389-£764

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A great base for all the family, offering magnificent scenery, beautiful beaches and watersports. 7 Stanes close by.
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Barncailzie Lodge ref: CC537218

Springholm near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£319-£838

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This detached lodge sits in a rural location close to the town of Castle Douglas, a designated ’Food Town’ with many attractions close by.
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Woodside ref: CC537148

Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

£527-£759

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Beautifully appointed newly built lodge for 4 with a luxurious private hot tub
 
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Riverside ref: 25875

Brydekirk, Annon, Dumfries & Galloway

£351-£934

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From this spacious , ground floor property explore the quaint villages and sandy beaches, or travel a little further to Edinburgh.
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Culquhasen ref: UK5413

Newton Stewart, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£469-£1340

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3 star rating
The whole family, including your beloved dog, can enjoy discovering this beautiful area of Dumfries and Galloway during your getaway in Scotland.
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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The Barn ref: CC537056

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£248-£494

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Collection of three farm cottages nestled within 400 acre dairy and beef farm only 3.5 miles from Annan
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Garlies Lodge ref: SVVG

Gentrool, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£487-£1290

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Located in the heart of Gallloway Forest Park with walking and cycling from the door, ideal for touring this beautiful area.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
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    4
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Arden Cottage ref: CC537076

Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£344-£874

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Single storey cottage for 4/6 in Twynholm only 3 miles from Kirkcudbright
 
 
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Arbigland Farm Cottages - Skylark Lodge ref: 31267

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£23038

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This holiday lodge is a cosy retreat to return to after a day exploring the area or simply strolling on the beach.
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Seaview Cottage ref: 26832

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£387-£790

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Situated in a harbour side location, ideally located to explore the rugged coastline and beaches. A popular area for walkers and cyclists.
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Glebe Cottage ref: UK5261

Kirkland, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£740-£1141

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Set in an elevated spot, within the Dumfries and Galloway countryside, this ground floor holiday home enjoys secluded gardens and a private hot tub!
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    5
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Swallows ref: CC537215

near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£276-£693

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Relax and unwind in this semi-detached barn conversion which enjoys a wood burner, enclosed garden and beautiful views.
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