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.

The Maltings ref: UK5373

Lochans, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£567-£1343

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4 star rating
The Maltings
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With plenty of space for all the family, and your beloved four-legged friend, The Maltings is located in the picturesque Dumfries and Galloway.
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    10
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Kirkennan Lodge ref: CC537230

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£939

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3 star rating
Located in a village close to Dalbeattie, this property is the ideal base for exploring Dumfries and Galloway.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    1
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Gilchristland Cottage ref: 18806

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£273-£677

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3 star rating
Set in a rural location where wildlife abounds. The 7 Stanes Mountain Biking trail is close by.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Seascape ref: 25756

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£442-£814

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4 star rating
In an AONB, perfectly located just 200 yards from both the beach and harbour, perfect for coastal walks.
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    4
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Stables Cottage ref: 30812

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£334-£23038

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4 star rating
This first floor apartment for 4 is in the heart of the Corsewall Estate, and has a cosy woodburner.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Hill View ref: 25874

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£389-£744

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4 star rating
A great base for all the family, offering magnificent scenery, beautiful beaches and watersports. 7 Stanes close by.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Waterside Cottage ref: CC537102

Gibbhill near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£332-£874

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4 star rating
A immaculately presented property in a perfect location
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Ropeworks ref: CC537126

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£709-£1517

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4 star rating
A stunning and uniquely designed detached house by the beach
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    10
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Swallows ref: CC537215

near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£311-£694

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4 star rating
Relax and unwind in this semi-detached barn conversion which enjoys a wood burner, enclosed garden and beautiful views.
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    2
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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Bracken Lodge ref: CC537181

Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£381-£872

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3 star rating
Attractive lodge set on a park with swimming pool and 20 acres of grounds. Half a mile from a beach.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Out of the World ref: 28404

Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£335-£1015

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4 star rating
From this beautiful retreat explore the Solway coast with many beaches and coves.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Dorn Rock View ref: CC537178

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£559

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Ground floor apartment named after the stunning view towards the rocky Irish Channel in the conservation village of Portpatrick
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    3
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Mill Street ref: UK5383

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£357-£813

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3 star rating
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A perfect location for lovers of wildlife and birdlife with many opportunities to spot a multitude of species, as well as discovering the spectacular coastal areas.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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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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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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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
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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