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.

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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Close to Galloway Forest Park, this comfortable property is a wonderful couples’ retreat and is also not far from Kirkcudbright with its many visitor attractions.
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Millburn Cottage ref: UK5185

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£335-£756

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This beautiful cottage lies close to the bustling harbour of Kirkcudbright on the north Solway shore.
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Tystie Cottage ref: 28858

Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£293-£774

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From this charming cottage discover the beach just 100 yards away or for further sightseeing catch a ferry to Ireland.
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Barncailzie Lodge ref: CC537218

Springholm near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£374-£854

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This detached lodge sits in a rural location close to the town of Castle Douglas, a designated ’Food Town’ with many attractions close by.
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Auchenhill Lodge ref: CC537045

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679

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Detached lodge for 4 situated in an idyllic woodland setting close to Kippford, often described as Scotland’s ’Riviera’.
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The Hen Hoose ref: 28687

Nether Barr, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£232-£500

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Enjoy riverside walks from the door or the Galloway Forest Park is nearby with many beaches and coves to explore.
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Bruce Cottage ref: 24145

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£245-£580

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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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Acorn Croft ref: S4599

Near Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

£487-£985

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Spacious detached house with enclosed garden, close to sandy beaches and sea fishing available.
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    4
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5 Tannery Brae ref: CC537164

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£279-£429

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Ground floor apartment for couples in the heart of the attractive ’wee toon’ of Gatehouse of Fleet
 
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The Glen Farmhouse ref: SGGX

Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£525-£1359

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In a peaceful and secluded valley with only sheep and cattle, this detached family farmhouse has wonderful views over open countryside.
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Threave Estate - Millwheel Cottage ref: 29834

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£411-£734

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Once part of a 19th-century water mill, this cottage has lots of original features with high-beamed ceilings and country furniture.
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The Old School ref: CC537187

Auchenmalg, Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£310-£584

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A single storey period property with lovely views from every window.
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Kacey-Faye ref: UK5367

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£331-£792

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Kacey-Faye is ideally situated for mountain biking and walking in the Galloway Forest park.
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Millwalk Cottage ref: SCCG

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£418-£968

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4 star rating
This single-storey holiday cottage is ideal for small families and the dog, 10-minutes walk to the coast.
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Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Garden Cottage ref: 30810

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£434-£23038

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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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