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.

The Barn at the Bakery ref: 25465

Moniaive, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£244-£583

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4 star rating
The Barn at the Bakery
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This charming, single-storey property for two, is in a popular destination for walkers and cyclists.
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Portpatrick Country Cottage ref: CC537246

Near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£298-£586

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4 star rating
In a quiet rural setting, this holiday property enjoys stunning countryside views, not far from the harbour town of Portpatrick.
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    1
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    2
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Corner House ref: CC537200

New Galloway near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£400

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3 star rating
Close to Galloway Forest Park, this cottage has walks from the door and you can enjoy water sports and coarse fishing, or visiting Threave Gardens and Castle nearby.
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    2
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Rowan Cottage ref: UK5342

Glencaple, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£465-£1029

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4 star rating
Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the historic village of Glencaple, yet only a few miles from Dumfries.
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    3
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Willow ref: UK5244

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£599-£1025

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Named after Britt Ekland’s character in the film, ‘The Wickerman’, this terraced cottage was used as the exterior of the Green Man pub.
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    2
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Glenhowl Lodge ref: 29676

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£405-£909

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4 star rating
Enjoying stunning elevated views this is a popular location for cyclists centrally located to the majority of the 7 Stanes.
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    2
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    2
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Ardmhor ref: UK5041

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£942-£2342

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4 star rating
This detached holiday is surrounded by large walled gardens and is an ideal touring base for extended families or groups of friends.
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    12
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    6
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    3
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Muirhead Cottage ref: W41011

Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£333-£817

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3 star rating
Nestled in the hills on the nearby Southern Upland Way, a perfect destination for cyclists and golfers.
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    2
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    2
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Wigtown Cottage ref: UK5132

near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

£308-£696

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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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    1
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    2
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Fisherman’s Cottage ref: CC537073

Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£719

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4 star rating
In an idyllic spot on the shore of Luce Bay boasting a private slipway and uninterrupted views across to the Rhinns of Galloway
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Glen Isle ref: CC537100

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£624

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3 star rating
Newly built detached lodge set within 20 acres yet only a half mile from the small town of Dalbeattie
 
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    5
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Rushcroft ref: CC537109

Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£679

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3 star rating
A lovely detached cottage for four
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Knocktinkle ref: UK5243

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£599-£1027

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5 star rating
Retaining many original features, this terraced cottage lies a few minutes’ drive from the beaches of Mossyard and Carrick.
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    2
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    2
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    2
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Bruce Cottage ref: 24145

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£243-£601

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3 star rating
Soak up the cosy atmosphere in this quaint retreat for two. Just 4 miles from the craggy coastline of Scotland’s most southerly point.
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    3
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    1
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Bluebell Cottage ref: 28381

Wigtown near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£358-£667

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4 star rating
Perfectly located to explore the many beaches and villages, or the River Bladnoch is just yards away with breathtaking scenery.
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    2
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    2
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    2
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