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.

Whitecroft - Rose Cottage ref: 28176

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£271-£817

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Whitecroft - Rose Cottage
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Quiet, peaceful location on working farm, cottage with wood burner, ideal for exploring Solway Coast and Galloway Forest Park.
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Greenswangs House ref: SYYL

Dalton, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£1738-£3437

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This cottage is located in Dumfries & Galloway, which is home to the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills.
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Woodbank ref: CC537132

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£350-£814

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4 star rating
Detached property with a lovely garden leading down to the River Cree near Newton Stewart
 
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The Crollin ref: CC537207

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£292-£547

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4 star rating
Located within walking distance of the centre of Kirkcudbright, this holiday property is in a peaceful setting.
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Roughhills Cottage ref: CC537263

Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£642-£1623

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4 star rating
Scenic walks abound from this charming cottage which has stunning views over the bay and the Solway Firth.
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    8
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    1
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    4
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    3
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Burnside Cottage ref: CC537090

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£379-£492

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Enjoying a ’Hansel and Gretal’ type forest setting with magical night skies
 
 
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Lochhill Bungalow ref: CC537275

New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£620-£1491

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4 star rating
This delightful bungalow is ideal for a family or group of friends. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Dumfries and Galloway is a perfect location any time of year.
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    8
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    1
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    4
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    2
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Galloway View ref: CC537210

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£391-£973

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Situated in a magnificent location, this architect designed chalet is just fabulous for families, friends or couples to get together and explore this beautiful location.
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    2
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Lintie Cottage ref: UK5161

Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£623

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4 star rating
Lintie Cottage is a charming holiday home for four that’s ideal for exploring all that Dumfries and Galloway has to offer.
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Beckhead ref: CC537271

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£629-£1039

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Situated on a peaceful country estate, where wildlife and farming go hand in hand. Beckhead Cottage offers an ideal holiday base for couples to explore the award winning wildlife sites, watch the abundant nature and take advantage of the...
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    1
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    2
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    3
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Shore Cottage ref: 28692

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£294-£772

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3 star rating
Ideally located to explore the surrounding area and with direct access to the beach, Shore Cottage is the perfect getaway retreat.
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    5
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    2
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    3
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    1
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Bracken Lodge ref: CC537181

Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£381-£836

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3 star rating
Attractive lodge set on a park with swimming pool and 20 acres of grounds. Half a mile from a beach.
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    6
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    3
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Sunnyhill View ref: W42728

Holywood, Dumfries & Galloway

£368-£931

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4 star rating
Enjoying view over the countryside, with many villages and beaches nearby, popular with walkers and cyclists.
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    2
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    3
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Diamonds Laggan ref: SZZD

Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£839-£1965

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5 star rating
An escape to rural bliss with stunning countryside to explore on and around the estate, the perfect getaway for walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts
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    8
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    4
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Knockkennoch 2 ref: CC537258

Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

£353-£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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    1
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