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.

Barnhill Bothy ref: W3819

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£352-£598

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3 star rating
Barnhill Bothy
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Set in 3 acres of grounds, you are free to wander, relax and enjoy the tranquil setting. Many attractions close by.
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Peace ref: SKKM

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£318-£749

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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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Bainloch Lodge ref: UK5184

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£391-£972

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4 star rating
Relax on the verandah of this lovely Scandinavian lodge and watch the squirrels, or stroll down to the beach for rock pooling.
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East Cottage ref: CC537022

Southerness near Colvend and Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£397-£787

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3 star rating
This beach front cottage oozes charm, in a stunning location with sea views
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Squirrel Cottage ref: CC537188

Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£469-£657

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3 star rating
A rural, detached cottage within the historic grounds of the Bargaly Estate.
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Samian Place ref: CC537075

Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway

£246-£389

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Cosy pied a terrace for couples offering bright and modern accommodation in Kirkpatrick Durham
 
 
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Squirrels’ Chase ref: CC537144

Barend Holiday Village, Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

£444-£934

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3 star rating
Spacious detached lodge at the beautiful Barend Holiday Village where a stunning beach is virtually on the door step
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Cree House ref: SAZ

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£440-£1177

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4 star rating
Explore the Dumfries and Galloway area, 13 miles from the town of Dumfries, and a few miles from the sandy shore.
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Spring Tide ref: CC537142

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679

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4 star rating
Relaxing retreat for 4 with lovely sea views and a private balcony overlooking Wigtown Bay
 
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Roseburn Cottage ref: UK5087

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£295-£576

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4 star rating
Located on the Southern Upland Way the cottage is ideal for enjoying hill walking and exploring the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall just 10 miles away.
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West Cottage ref: UK5001

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£443-£953

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3 star rating
An original salt miner’s cottage within twenty yards of the beach which overlooks the Solway Firth with the Southerness Lighthouse only a short gaze away.
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    8
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    2
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    4
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The Spinney Cottage ref: CC537172

Garlieston, Wigtownshire, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679

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4 star rating
Delightful end-terraced single storey cottage in Garlieston.
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Ewes Schoolhouse ref: S4567

Near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

£543-£1182

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Victorian schoolhouse in the heart of the Borders, has superb walking from the door, with Buccleuch Theatre close by.
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The Loft ref: CC537057

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£244-£494

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3 star rating
Nestled within a 400 acre dairy and beef farm close to Annan.
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The White House ref: 29545

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£400-£1089

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From this detached cottage, a wealth of outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed, in an area abundant in wildlife.
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