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.

Manse Cottage ref: UK5316

Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£224-£522

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Manse Cottage
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Enjoy a peaceful holiday at Manse Cottage, with its rural setting and cosy open fire, perfect for relaxing in front of after a busy day exploring.
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Stable Cottage ref: CC537217

Crocketford near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£416-£987

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Located in the lovely village of Crocketford, this holiday property is close to Dumfries, Castle Douglas and many other wonderful locations.
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    5
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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Crofts Cottages - Marwhin Cottage ref: SWWS

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£380-£960

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4 star rating
Set in gardens with a delightful stream and pond, enjoy woodland walks and hillside trails and fishing on a nearby loch.
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Lower Baltersan Cottage ref: CC537208

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£348-£783

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4 star rating
Peacefully set, this detached cottage has a feature wood burner and views over open farmland. It lies a few miles from Newton Stewart and close to Galloway Forest and Dark Skies Park.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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The Duchy ref: CC537262

near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£514-£1237

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A wing of a grand property with a private hot tub, two wood burners and TVs in all the bedrooms.
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    5
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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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
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Cleughbrae Cottage ref: 29447

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£434-£927

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4 star rating
Located on the Southern Upland Way, this holiday cottage boasts stunning views over open countryside.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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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
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Harbour Cottage ref: 24721

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£330-£947

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4 star rating
Beautifully located in a harbour village, boasting wonderful views and with access from the garden to a sand and shingle beach.
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Caerlaverock Cottages - Hollins Cottage ref: 29591

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£331-£779

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4 star rating
A perfect escape in a rural setting yet close to Dumfries, ideal for a small family.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Peace ref: SKKM

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£318-£758

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4 star rating
Surrounded by the rolling Galloway Hills, this beautifully converted byre situated on the Machars Peninsula warmed by the Gulf Stream.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Fourwinds ref: UK5200

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£314-£659

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4 star rating
Admire the sea views from the floor-to-ceiling windows of this bungalow which lies in a small, friendly village.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Rose Cottage ref: RCHN116

Gelston, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£439-£1153

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3 star rating
Traditional cottage with sun room and open fire, bordering stream and waterfall, Loch Ken for water sports and fishing nearby.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Heatherview Cottage ref: CC537050

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£331-£528

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4 star rating
Detached cottage for 5 sitting delightfully within an oasis of green fields near Sandhead
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Nook ref: W42626

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£263-£592

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4 star rating
Single-storey holiday property situated in a peaceful location in the heart of Galloway with stunning views over open countryside.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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