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.

Craigenrae ref: 24245

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£434-£1231

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4 star rating
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Standing alone in spectacular countryside, just perfect for a truly relaxing break, yet within easy reach to entertainment.
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    7
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    3
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Chippermore Cottage ref: CC537049

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£334-£584

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3 star rating
Detached cottage for 4/5 occupying an elevated site with stunning views over Lucie Bay
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Grey Craig ref: CC537273

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£444-£1079

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4 star rating
Plenty of attractions are close by, or stay on-site and enjoy the many activities available. This property has its own unique style and nestles on an award-winning farm.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Auchenhill Lodge ref: CC537045

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679

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3 star rating
Detached lodge for 4 situated in an idyllic woodland setting close to Kippford, often described as Scotland’s ’Riviera’.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Newburn House ref: SHHW

Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£632-£1653

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4 star rating
Accommodating upto 12 guests, this substantial end of terrace Georgian town house is perfectly situated for discovering Dumfries and Galloway.
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    12
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Seaview Cottage ref: 26832

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£315-£820

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4 star rating
Situated in a harbour side location, ideally located to explore the rugged coastline and beaches. A popular area for walkers and cyclists.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Davaar Cottage ref: CC537038

Corsock near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£433-£433

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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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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Pieces of 8 ref: CC537097

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£224-£429

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3 star rating
Mid terraced cottage for 4 set in the pretty village of Palnackie and only 4 miles from Dalbeattie
 
 
 
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Old Tannery Cottage ref: CC537212

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£288-£603

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3 star rating
Centrally located in Newton Stewart, this property is located in a tranquil setting, sitting between a river and a woodland bank.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Blue Door ref: 29833

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£697-£957

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4 star rating
This beautiful cottage is pleasantly hidden down a delightful cobbled wynd in the pretty little coastal town of Kirkcudbright.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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The White House ref: 29545

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£400-£1141

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3 star rating
From this detached cottage, a wealth of outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed, in an area abundant in wildlife.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Bothy Cottage ref: CC537020

Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£291-£520

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3 star rating
Bothy Cottage enjoys a beautiful rural location on a small farm yet only 7 miles from the country town of Dumfries.
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    3
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Whitecroft - Myrtle Cottage ref: 28177

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£663

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4 star rating
Traditional granite barn conversion, with woodburner and French doors to garden, lovely walks from the door and close to beaches.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Skyview ref: CC537151

Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

£272-£624

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4 star rating
Spacious light filled bungalow on the edge of the ancient town of Sanquhar makes a superb base to explore Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire too.
 
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Shore Cottage ref: 30632

Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

£325-£903

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4 star rating
This beach-front holiday property is ideal for a family who wish to enjoy the scenery of the Rhins of Galloway.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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