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.

Caerlaverock Cottages - Hollins Cottage ref: 29591

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£331-£816

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4 star rating
Caerlaverock Cottages - Hollins Cottage
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A perfect escape in a rural setting yet close to Dumfries, ideal for a small family.
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Kirkhill ref: CC537205

Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£564-£1208

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4 star rating
There are plenty of outdoor activities which can be found close to this lovely property, or simply relax in the grounds and enjoy the hot tub!
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    8
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Stable Cottage ref: CC537019

Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£290-£533

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3 star rating
Stable Cottage enjoys a beautiful rural location on a small farm, with lovely views of the surrounding countryside.
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    1
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Ash Lodge ref: B5898

Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

£391-£875

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3 star rating
Family lodge with balconies overlooking loch and close to unspoilt beach, with heated swimming pool and pony trekking on site.
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  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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Cairndoon Steading ref: CC537155

Whithorn near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£364-£787

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4 star rating
Lovely semi detached steading with lovely views offering a living gallery capturing the Galloway Hills, the sea and open countryside
 
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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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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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Riverdale ref: CC537168

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679

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4 star rating
Lovely detached bungalow with views across open fields to the River Annan within walking distance to the centre of Moffat
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  • Number of Pets
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  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Cedar Lodge ref: 31315

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£614-£23038

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4 star rating
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    4
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Old Mill Cottage ref: 30290

Barnbarroch, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£305-£781

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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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    1
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Allanton Mill Cottage ref: CC537069

Auldgirth near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£606

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4 star rating
Delightful, beautifully finished cottage with lovely views over burn and wooded valley
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Peace ref: SKKM

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£318-£763

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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
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Roseburn Cottage ref: UK5087

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£287-£564

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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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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Endeavour’s End ref: 30159

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£776

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4 star rating
In a peaceful retreat in a conservation village, this spacious cottage is ideal for exploring the Solway Coast.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Kirkennan Mews ref: CC537229

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£299-£679

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4 star rating
This property is set in a peaceful location, surrounded by 35 acres of grounds and backing onto the River Urr.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Spoutwells - The Bullpen ref: UK5288

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£337-£735

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5 star rating
This well-presented barn conversion provides an idyllic and romantic setting for couples looking to explore this beautiful location - with a spectacular base to retreat back to at night.
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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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