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.

Number 12 ref: CC537170

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£423

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4 star rating
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Ground floor apartment tucked away from the famous ‘double’ High Street of Moffat
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Clarksburn ref: W4250

Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£371-£898

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3 star rating
A single-storey family holiday property with a sunny conservatory in a great location for discovering south west Scotland.
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    10
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Glenbank ref: 27466

Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£299-£776

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4 star rating
An ideal retreat for walkers and cyclists, or the River Cairn is close by for salmon and trout fishing.
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    6
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    2
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    2
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    2
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Cogsfoot Cottage ref: W41259

Crawick, near Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

£458-£1184

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4 star rating
There is so much to do here, from panning for gold to watching the salmon leaping, you’ll be sure to return!
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    7
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    3
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Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Garden Cottage ref: 30810

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£434-£23038

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4 star rating
Garden Cottage is located in over 20 acres of gardens, boasts views over Loch Ryan and has 3 en-suite bedrooms.
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    2
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    3
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    4
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Home Farm ref: CC537251

Dunragit near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£424-£789

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4 star rating
This holiday property is surrounded by beautiful scenery, and is the ideal base to discover all that Dumfries and Galloway have to offer.
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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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    2
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    2
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Ettrick Cottage ref: UK5168

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£301-£639

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3 star rating
Set in a rural location where wildlife abounds, this delightful cottage enjoys beautiful views and lies just under 6 miles from Thornhill, with shops and restaurants.
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    2
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Threave Estate - Granary Cottage ref: 29835

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£411-£734

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3 star rating
This holiday property forms part of the Threave Estate which lies by the ‘food town’ of Castle Douglas.
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Millburn Cottage ref: UK5185

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£335-£722

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4 star rating
This beautiful cottage lies close to the bustling harbour of Kirkcudbright on the north Solway shore.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Craigbittern House ref: UKC1162

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£1168-£3619

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5 star rating
This magnificent house has plenty of original features, and is a great base from which to enjoy this stunning part of Scotland.
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    13
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    7
  • Bathrooms
    5
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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
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    2
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    2
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    2
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Glenhoul Brae ref: UK5340

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£553-£1477

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Wonder at the night skies in the Galloway Dark Sky Park, cycle the 7 Stanes or simply relax and enjoy the views.
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    8
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    4
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    2
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Ballochrae ref: CC537182

Kirkcowan, Dumfries & Galloway

£369-£822

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4 star rating
A detached bungalow in a quiet location with pleasant countryside views.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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Hillcroft ref: CC537098

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£410-£642

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3 star rating
Detached bungalow for six with a raised balcony affording stunning views of Portpatrick and to the sea.
 
 
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    1
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    2
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