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.

Glenlea Cottage ref: CC537244

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£677-£1704

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5 star rating
Glenlea Cottage
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A luxurious property with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a delightful garden with pizza oven and hot tub!
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    10
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    4
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The Barn ref: W44192

Barnbarroch, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£423-£904

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4 star rating
The Barn lies in the heart of 7Stanes mountain biking country in the beautiful Dalbeattie Forest.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Liddle Apartment ref: SAX

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£380-£975

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4 star rating
Use of 3-acre shared landscape gardens, grounds and lakes with fishing and clay pigeon shooting at cost.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Waterside Cottage ref: CC537276

Newbie near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£461-£1005

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4 star rating
A detached cottage set in an elevated position overlooking the Solway and having direct access to a private beach.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Old Mill Cottage ref: 30290

Barnbarroch, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£305-£746

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4 star rating
This property has access to bluebell woodland grounds, and the use of a tennis court on-site.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Newfield Cottage ref: 24630

Borgue, by Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£342-£754

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4 star rating
Boasting countryside views and well-positioned to explore the surrounding area, including Kirkcudbright and Galloway Forest Park.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Rowan Cottage ref: UK5342

Glencaple, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£465-£1029

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Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the historic village of Glencaple, yet only a few miles from Dumfries.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Coastguard’s Cottage ref: CC537113

Carsethorn near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£559

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3 star rating
A mere stone’s throw from the sea in the pretty coastal village of Carsethorn less than 14 miles from Dumfries. 
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Green Lodge ref: 30113

Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

£338-£961

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4 star rating
Visit the delights of Galloway from this peaceful lodge which has visiting badgers and is close to a sandy beach.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Old Sunday School ref: SEEO

Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

£459-£752

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4 star rating
A great base for discovering Dumfries and Galloway with beautiful beaches, coastal, hill and woodland walks. Cycling and riding nearby.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Glen Isle ref: CC537100

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£624

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3 star rating
Newly built detached lodge set within 20 acres yet only a half mile from the small town of Dalbeattie
 
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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The Barn ref: SVN

Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

£351-£758

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Enjoy the best of both worlds from this property with many attractions nearby and a sandy bathing beach, 1 mile.
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    3
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    0
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Silver Birches ref: W43181

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£464-£823

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4 star rating
Enjoy varied outdoor activities and wonderful scenery from this detached home which is close to the town’s amenities.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Camelia Cottage ref: CC537221

Glencaple near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£607

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3 star rating
Beautifully presented and enjoying an enclosed garden, this detached cottage is close a network of outdoor activities and lies a short stroll from shops, pub and a restaurant.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Wee Dug Hoose ref: UK5006

Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£379-£818

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4 star rating
A delightful stone-built detached cottage close to the Machars Peninsula and set amongst beautiful countryside just outside the hamlet of Stairhaven.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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