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.

Ewes Schoolhouse ref: S4567

Near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

£543-£1116

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4 star rating
Ewes Schoolhouse
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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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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Burnbank ref: 29448

Kirkgunzeon, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£316-£905

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3 star rating
Burnbank is set in a beautiful, peaceful location with many walks nearby and is perfect for keen walkers and cyclists.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Cree House ref: SAZ

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£482-£1214

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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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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Arbigland Farms - West Lodge ref: 31263

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£819

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4 star rating
This delightful 19th century gate lodge is close to a fabulous beach, fantastic outdoor activities and plenty of wildlife.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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The Boat House ref: UK5060

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£455

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3 star rating
This converted boat house is a unique romantic getaway, located on the side of Loch Fern in a peaceful, woodland location.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Old Glenstocken ref: CC537106

Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

£408-£1209

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4 star rating
Lovely detached steading conversion for 8 only a mile from the pretty little village of Rockcliffe and Colvend.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Chestnut Lodge ref: UK5096

near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£363-£759

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5 star rating
A well-equipped, cosy annexe close to the thriving harbour village of Portpatrick. The Mull of Galloway is a short drive as is the Galloway Forest and the ancient Dunskey Castle.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Ellenslea ref: CC537063

Carsphairn near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£279-£429

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3 star rating
A lovely cosy cottage with the most beautiful views of the Galloway Hills.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: Robin’s Nest ref: 25982

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£368-£1022

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4 star rating
Peacefully situated in open countryside, yet close to Kirkcudbright, spacious barn conversion with wood burner, ideal for larger groups.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Seaview ref: CC537183

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£307-£581

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4 star rating
A semi detached holiday cottage overlooking the town of Portpatrick with seaviews from most of the rooms.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Woodsedge ref: CC537231

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£319-£754

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3 star rating
This wheelchair accessible holiday property is close to many attractions, including Threave Gardens (NT) and many castles and historical sites.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Kincairn ref: CC537129

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£564

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3 star rating
Lovely bungalow overlooking a beautiful stretch of un-spoilt sandy beach fringing Luce Bay
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Newfield Cottage ref: 24630

Borgue, by Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£434-£790

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4 star rating
Boasting countryside views and well-positioned to explore the surrounding area, including Kirkcudbright and Galloway Forest Park.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Tides Reach ref: W43374

Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£311-£747

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4 star rating
Enjoy the spectacular views over Garlieston Bay, as well as easy access to the beach and coastal paths.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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The Maltings ref: UK5373

Lochans, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£567-£1343

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4 star rating
With plenty of space for all the family, and your beloved four-legged friend, The Maltings is located in the picturesque Dumfries and Galloway.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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