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.

Seaview Cottage ref: 26579

Port William, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£310-£874

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3 star rating
Seaview Cottage
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A peaceful retreat on a glorious coastline. Relax in front of the cosy woodburner and enjoy the views after a day exploring.
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Old School ref: 30631

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£885

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4 star rating
Wonderfully situated to explore Dumfries and Galloway, this former old school house boasts a large garden and multi-fuel burner.
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Harbour Retreat ref: UK5030

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£523-£1204

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A spacious town house overlooking the harbour at Garlieston, a beautiful, sheltered area with a quiet promenade just three miles from the ruins of Cruggleton Castle.
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    4
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    3
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Townhead Mill ref: W40646

Thornhill, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£364-£842

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4 star rating
This 18th-century watermill is a great escape with an on-site games room. A popular destination for walking and cycling enthusiasts.
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The Old Church Hall ref: 30335

Kirkbean, near New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway

£402-£939

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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
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Seaside Retreat ref: W42537

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£233-£500

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3 star rating
Great for a couple or small family, just yards from the sea with beaches, coves and breathtaking scenery all around.
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    1
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    2
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Knock School Cottage ref: 2234

Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£234-£523

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3 star rating
Situated in a rural location, ideal for star gazing on a clear night. Close to the unspoilt beaches and coves.
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    5
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Caerlaverock Cottages - Bankswood Cottage ref: 31292

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£410-£1007

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4 star rating
Perfectly situated to explore this wonderful area by car, bike or on foot, and the Mabie Forest mountain bike tracks are close by.
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    6
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    2
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    3
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    2
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Crofts Cottages - Marwhin House ref: SWWR

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£398-£1067

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4 star rating
Surrounded by the Galloway Hills, this detached, pet friendly property has dramatic views towards the Solway Firth and Cumbrian Hills.
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    1
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    3
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    2
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The Dairy & The Stables at Drumlane - The Stables ref: UK5195

Laurieston, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£372-£832

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4 star rating
The Stables is perfectly placed for exploring the surrounding area, whether you want to hill walk, mountain bike or wander round beautiful gardens.
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Galloway Cottage ref: UK5133

near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

£361-£816

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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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    6
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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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
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    2
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Shore Cottage ref: CC537226

Carsluith near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£336-£743

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4 star rating
With direct access to the beach, this cosy cottage enjoys stunning bay views and is ideally placed for exploring south west Scotland.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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Strathannan, Oakriggside ref: CC537114

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£559

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4 star rating
Lovely traditional stone cottage nestled in a quiet lane yet only 2 miles from the 19th century town of Moffat
 
 
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    2
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    3
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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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