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.

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Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

£272-£624

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Spacious light filled bungalow on the edge of the ancient town of Sanquhar makes a superb base to explore Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire too.
 
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Grahamsfield Cottage ref: CC537046

Ecclefechan near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£534

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Charming Victorian cottage for 4 set on a small working farm enjoying beautiful rural views
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Bothy Cottage ref: CC537020

Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£292-£505

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Bothy Cottage enjoys a beautiful rural location on a small farm yet only 7 miles from the country town of Dumfries.
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Quarter Acre House ref: UKC1568

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£522-£1112

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Situated just 3 miles from Stranraer in a beautiful position on the Rhins of Galloway peninsula, Quarter Acre House makes a great base for a family holiday.
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Pleacairn Cottage ref: 28809

Dalton, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£620

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Explore the castles, abbeys, mansions and ruins or simply spend a day relaxing on the nearby beach.
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    2
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Whitecroft - Rose Cottage ref: 28176

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£271-£780

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Quiet, peaceful location on working farm, cottage with wood burner, ideal for exploring Solway Coast and Galloway Forest Park.
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The Hen Hoose ref: 28687

Nether Barr, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£232-£507

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3 star rating
Enjoy riverside walks from the door or the Galloway Forest Park is nearby with many beaches and coves to explore.
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Forest Lodge ref: CC537127

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£624

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Nestled in an idyllic private woodland setting close to Kippford – often referred to as Scotland’s ‘Riviera’
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Arden Cottage ref: CC537076

Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£332-£874

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Single storey cottage for 4/6 in Twynholm only 3 miles from Kirkcudbright
 
 
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Greenswangs House ref: SYYL

Dalton, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£1738-£3437

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This cottage is located in Dumfries & Galloway, which is home to the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills.
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    4
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Dumbretton Cottage ref: CC537055

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£244-£494

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Collection of three farm cottages nestled within a 400 acre dairy and beef farm only 3.5 miles from Annan.
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    2
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    3
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Bluebell Cottage ref: 28381

Wigtown near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£304-£713

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4 star rating
Perfectly located to explore the many beaches and villages, or the River Bladnoch is just yards away with breathtaking scenery.
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Sea-esta ref: 28175

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£308-£773

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With direct access from the garden to a sandy beach, this property truly is the perfect family getaway.
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Strathmaddie Farm Cottage ref: CC537103

Palnure by Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£874

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Beautiful barn conversion for 4 nestled at the foot of the Cairnsmore of Fleet in the Galloway Hills
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    2
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    2
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Stable Cottage ref: UUD

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£337-£729

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A cosy retreat with open fire, in an idyllic situation on the 3000-acre Crofts Estate, surrounded by the Galloway Hills.
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