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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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£907

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Close to Galloway Forest Park, this comfortable property is a wonderful couples’ retreat and is also not far from Kirkcudbright with its many visitor attractions.
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Glen View ref: UYW

Dunscore, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£454-£1271

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4 star rating
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Hillcroft ref: CC537098

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£410-£642

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Detached bungalow for six with a raised balcony affording stunning views of Portpatrick and to the sea.
 
 
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High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: The Byre ref: 25984

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£317-£749

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4 star rating
Light, airy cottage in tranquil location, surrounded by open countryside, Galloway Forest Park, mountain bike trails and Threave Gardens nearby.
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Harbour View ref: CC537058

Port William, Wigtownshire, Dumfries & Galloway

£351-£554

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A delightful cottage in the pretty coastal village of Port William, with lovely views of the sea.
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Knockkennoch 2 ref: CC537258

Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

£351-£731

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3 star rating
Close to both the river and sea at Kirkandrews this cottage is well placed for fun and relaxation.
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Allanhead ref: CC537054

Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£874

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Allanhead is a pretty Galloway cottage for 6/8 guests affording stunning views of the sea and rolling hills
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The Glen Farmhouse ref: SGGX

Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£525-£1359

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4 star rating
In a peaceful and secluded valley with only sheep and cattle, this detached family farmhouse has wonderful views over open countryside.
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Ardath ref: CC537242

Cairnryan near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£301-£641

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A cosy holiday property with rugged coastlines, sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery close by, perfect for families.
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Sunnyhill View ref: W42728

Holywood, Dumfries & Galloway

£368-£904

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4 star rating
Enjoying view over the countryside, with many villages and beaches nearby, popular with walkers and cyclists.
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Terreglestown Cottage ref: CC537118

Terregles near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£276-£436

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3 star rating
Single storey cottage for couples only 2 miles from the country town of Dumfries
 
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Davaar Cottage ref: CC537038

Corsock near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£559

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3 star rating
Idyllically placed within the Glenken moor land this charming cottage is surrounded by beautiful open moor land
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The Cottage ref: SRRF

Garlieston, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£379-£981

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4 star rating
Just yards from sandy beach, an ideal base to explore the Solway coastline with rocky coves and picturesque villages.
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Mill Dam House ref: CC537266

Springholm near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£884-£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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    5
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The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage ref: CC537173

Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£306-£519

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4 star rating
Cosy apartment for 2 surrounded by open farmland yet only 6 miles from Kirkcudbright
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