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.

Blairinnie ref: UKC1868

Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£911-£2422

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An escape to rural bliss - the perfect getaway for walkers, cyclists and out door enthusiasts with stunning countryside to explore on and around the estate.
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    10
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
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    3
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Mill Dam House ref: CC537266

Springholm near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£935-£2331

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4 star rating
This spacious holiday property is set in a stunning location with an enclosed garden enjoying lovely farmland views.
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    14
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    5
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Lazy Days Cottage ref: CC537158

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£319-£519

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3 star rating
18th century mid terraced cottage tucked in a quiet backwater yet close to the high street of Moffat
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Knockinaam House ref: UK5095

near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£637-£1631

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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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    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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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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Harbour View ref: CC537058

Port William, Wigtownshire, Dumfries & Galloway

£389-£554

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4 star rating
A delightful cottage in the pretty coastal village of Port William, with lovely views of the sea.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Glenhoul Brae ref: UK5340

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£553-£1477

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Wonder at the night skies in the Galloway Dark Sky Park, cycle the 7 Stanes or simply relax and enjoy the views.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Seaside Retreat ref: W42537

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£233-£520

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3 star rating
Great for a couple or small family, just yards from the sea with beaches, coves and breathtaking scenery all around.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Arbigland Farms - Shore Cottage ref: 31262

Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£579-£779

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3 star rating
Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Knockkennoch 1 ref: CC537259

Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

£356-£752

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One of two cottages sitting by the church at Kirkandrews just yards from both the river and bay.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Cottfield House ref: CC537228

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£672-£1888

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4 star rating
A large, detached bungalow with views towards the harbour at Stranraer. The spacious, enclosed garden and second lounge make it great for families with children.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
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The Carriage ref: W43089

Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£303-£768

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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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Lintie Cottage ref: UK5161

Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£623

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4 star rating
Lintie Cottage is a charming holiday home for four that’s ideal for exploring all that Dumfries and Galloway has to offer.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
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  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Lynwood ref: W8256

Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£274-£662

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3 star rating
Explore the Whithorn Peninsula, spectacular coastline and sandy beaches from this pet friendly, detached, family holiday bungalow in a pretty village.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Barncailzie Lodge ref: CC537218

Springholm near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£374-£854

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4 star rating
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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    6
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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