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.

Seascape and Sea Rise Cottages - Seascape ref: 30501

Southerness, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£608-£1625

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5 star rating
Seascape and Sea Rise Cottages - Seascape
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This well-equipped accommodation is perfect for families and couples to explore south west Scotland.
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    4
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    3
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The Wee Byre ref: 28774

Irongray, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£513-£1237

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4 star rating
Spacious, detached family barn conversion, with games room with snooker table and tennis court, close to 7Stanes mountain bike trails.
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Cedar Lodge ref: CC537232

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£343-£703

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3 star rating
With stunning views of the estuary, this wonderful log cabin is located in the charming village of Kippford, in a peaceful setting.
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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Moyle ref: CC537101

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
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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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
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    3
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Silver Dee ref: UK5426

Crossmichael, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£506-£961

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4 star rating
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Just yards from Loch Ken, outdoor enthusiasts will find boat hire, coarse fishing and water sports right on the doorstep.
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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The Orangerie ref: STTT

Bargrennan, near Glentrool, Dumfries & Galloway

£393-£1016

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5 star rating
A unique barn conversion, enjoy spectacular views over the Galloway Hills from the private hot tub.
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  • Bedrooms
    1
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The Old School ref: CC537187

Auchenmalg, Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£302-£584

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3 star rating
A single storey period property with lovely views from every window.
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    6
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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Nith House ref: SAU

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£418-£996

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4 star rating
Shimmering lakes, wooded walks and views to Lakeland from this property, sharing superb on-site indoor and outdoor facilities.
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    4
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Fairview Cottage ref: CC537077

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£679

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3 star rating
A charming detached cottage, all on ground level, idyllically placed overlooking Wigtown Bay and the Galloway Hills.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Barn ref: CC537056

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£244-£494

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3 star rating
Collection of three farm cottages nestled within 400 acre dairy and beef farm only 3.5 miles from Annan
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Hawthorn Cottage ref: SYYQ

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£454-£878

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4 star rating
With sea views and a beach just 50 yards, this is an ideal property from which to enjoy the coast.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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The Old Church Hall ref: 30335

Kirkbean, near New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway

£402-£976

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4 star rating
An ideal location from which to enjoy many outdoor pursuits, including mountain biking, golf and cycling.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Gardener’s Cottage ref: CC537189

Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£489-£678

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4 star rating
A rural detached former gardener’s cottage situated within the grounds of the historic Bargaly Estate.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Knockkennoch 2 ref: CC537258

Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

£341-£766

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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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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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