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.

Innisfree Cottage ref: UK5301

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£409-£815

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4 star rating
Innisfree Cottage
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Enjoy wonderful sea views from this delightful cottage nestled in a picturesque and unspoilt village.
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Rowallan ref: UK5056

Bladnoch, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£517-£1558

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3 star rating
With original features and spacious accommodation, this holiday property sits in a beautiful area with the local pub within walking distance, and a host of outdoor pursuits and attractions nearby.
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    12
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  • Bedrooms
    6
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Rowan ref: 17805

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£338-£915

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3 star rating
An excellent base with fishing on site, riding centre and golf course close by, as well as sandyhills beach just a short stroll away.
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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Park View Cottage ref: UK5375

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£562-£863

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4 star rating
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A deceptively spacious terraced cottage in the heart of the bustling harbour town of Stranraer.
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    3
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Gardener’s Cottage ref: UXT

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£380-£998

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4 star rating
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    4
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    2
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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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Arbigland Farms - Powillimount Cottage ref: 31264

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£0

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3 star rating
Surrounded by cornfields and just a 5-minute walk to the beach, this stone built cottage is perfect for golf, fishing, riding and so much more.
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    6
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    2
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    3
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    2
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Nith House ref: SAU

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£380-£975

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4 star rating
Shimmering lakes, wooded walks and views to Lakeland from this property, sharing superb on-site indoor and outdoor facilities.
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    4
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    2
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The Barn ref: CC537235

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£384-£774

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3 star rating
A semi-detached barn conversion within a larger complex of cottages situated on a working farm very close to Gatehouse of Fleet.
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    3
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Holmhill Steading Cottage ref: CC537154

Thornhill, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679

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4 star rating
Once the stable block and grooms quarters to the elegant main house this spacious property is easily accessible
 
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    4
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    2
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Wigtown Cottage ref: UK5132

near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

£308-£665

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4 star rating
An attractive white-washed semi-detached cottage set amidst rolling farmland with spectacular views of the Galloway Hills and the Wigtown Bay Estuary in south west Scotland.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Lintie Cottage ref: UK5161

Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£624

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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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    4
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Low Isle House ref: W2086

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£295-£639

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4 star rating
Originally the customs house, this cosy cottage overlooks the harbour, bay and within feet of beach, with sea fishing available.
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    4
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    2
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    2
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Cottfield House ref: CC537228

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£698-£1824

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4 star rating
A large, detached bungalow with views towards the harbour at Stranraer. The spacious, enclosed garden and second lounge make it great for families with children.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
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Beach Cottage ref: W41064

Port William, near Galloway Coast, Dumfries & Galloway

£244-£535

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3 star rating
Situated just yards from the sea, this cottage is an ideal base to explore the breathtaking scenery of Dumfries and Galloway.
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    5
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    2
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    3
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