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.

Harbour Row - Gigha ref: 27100

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£303-£798

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4 star rating
Harbour Row - Gigha
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Delightful cottage overlooking Luce Bay, with open fire and enclosed garden. Visit lighthouse tearooms for coffee and scones overlooking the sea.
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Muirhead Cottage ref: W41011

Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£344-£817

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3 star rating
Nestled in the hills on the nearby Southern Upland Way, a perfect destination for cyclists and golfers.
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    2
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Nith House ref: SAU

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£380-£965

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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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Fourwinds ref: UK5200

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£314-£690

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Admire the sea views from the floor-to-ceiling windows of this bungalow which lies in a small, friendly village.
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    2
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Garden Cottage ref: CC537146

Byreburnfoot, Canonbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£549-£678

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Nestled between Eskdale and Liddesdale close to one of Scotland’s greatest salmon fishing rivers.
 
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    3
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The Byre Cottage ref: UK5371

Cannee, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£301-£692

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4 star rating
A short walk to Kirkcudbright which hosts a calendar of events throughout the year and within easy reach of many sandy beaches.
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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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    5
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    3
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Craigadam Lodge ref: 29820

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£454-£1089

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4 star rating
With many beaches and forest trails to explore, this is a great holiday base for walkers and cyclists.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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Up Yonder ref: 27897

Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£504-£1103

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5 star rating
This beautiful cottage with sea views is ideal for exploring the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway hills.
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    7
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    1
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    3
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Harbour Side View ref: CC537180

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£874

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Second floor apartment overlooking the stunning rocky Irish Channel towards the Antrim coastline
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    8
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    1
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    3
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    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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Galloway Cottage ref: UK5133

near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

£361-£849

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4 star rating
Providing accommodation for six, Galloway Cottage is set out in an open plan layout with wonderful views of the Galloway Hills and Wigtown Bay Estuary.
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    1
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    3
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    3
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Cedar Lodge ref: CC537232

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£340-£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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    2
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Esk Apartment ref: SAW

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£380-£961

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4 star rating
With an outdoor children’s play area and superb indoor and outdoor facilities, all the family are sure to be kept entertained.
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Swallows ref: CC537215

near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£322-£670

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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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    1
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    1
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