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.

Newfield Cottage ref: 24630

Borgue, by Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£337-£779

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4 star rating
Newfield Cottage
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Boasting countryside views and well-positioned to explore the surrounding area, including Kirkcudbright and Galloway Forest Park.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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Ardmhor ref: UK5041

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£925-£2215

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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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Alma Cottage ref: CC537270

Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£300-£642

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3 star rating
Just two miles from the beach and five miles to Kirkcudbright, this detached cottage is situated in a delightful village, just 20 yards from the pub.
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    2
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    1
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Shore Cottage ref: 28692

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£294-£788

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3 star rating
Ideally located to explore the surrounding area and with direct access to the beach, Shore Cottage is the perfect getaway retreat.
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    5
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    2
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    3
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Pieces of 8 ref: CC537097

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£224-£429

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3 star rating
Mid terraced cottage for 4 set in the pretty village of Palnackie and only 4 miles from Dalbeattie
 
 
 
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    4
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    2
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    2
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Dumbretton Cottage ref: CC537055

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£244-£494

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Collection of three farm cottages nestled within a 400 acre dairy and beef farm only 3.5 miles from Annan.
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    6
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    2
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    3
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    1
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Spoutwells - The Bullpen ref: UK5288

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£341-£735

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5 star rating
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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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Corner House ref: CC537200

New Galloway near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£275-£461

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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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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Squirrel Cottage ref: CC537188

Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£469-£676

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3 star rating
A rural, detached cottage within the historic grounds of the Bargaly Estate.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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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
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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West Lodge Cally Estate ref: UPM

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£391-£916

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4 star rating
West Lodge stands in its own small garden, in an unspoilt area, perfect for walking and 2 miles from quiet beaches.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    2
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The Whins ref: CC537136

Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£332-£747

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4 star rating
Newly built detached bungalow enjoying pretty views over sea and countryside
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Swallow Lodge ref: 28810

Bardennoch West, near Carsphairn, Dumfries & Galloway

£320-£733

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4 star rating
Set in a quiet, rural location with an abundance of mountain biking and walking routes within easy reach.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Samian Place ref: CC537075

Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway

£242-£389

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Cosy pied a terrace for couples offering bright and modern accommodation in Kirkpatrick Durham
 
 
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    2
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    1
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    1
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Rockcliffe ref: 7342

Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£301-£793

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3 star rating
Family cottage in lovely seaside village, with nearby NT footpath with magnificent views over bays, headlands, and Rough Island reserve.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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