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.

Galloway View ref: CC537210

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£402-£973

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5 star rating
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Situated in a magnificent location, this architect designed chalet is just fabulous for families, friends or couples to get together and explore this beautiful location.
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Halliday Hill Cottage ref: CC537009

Dalton near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£268-£584

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3 star rating
With an open fire in the lounge and glorious uninterrupted views, this spacious property is a cosy choice regardless of the season.
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    4
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Conheath Gatelodge ref: SCB

Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£409-£934

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4 star rating
This single-storey, traditional Georgian cottage boasts original features, cosy open fire and garden with views over the Nith estuary.
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    1
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    2
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    2
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Arbigland Farms - Little Dunbar Cottage ref: 31265

Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£819

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3 star rating
This is a great base from which to explore this stunning part of Scotland, with plenty of outdoor activities also to enjoy.
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    2
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Forest Lodge ref: CC537127

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£325-£624

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3 star rating
Nestled in an idyllic private woodland setting close to Kippford – often referred to as Scotland’s ‘Riviera’
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    2
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Harbour Retreat ref: UK5030

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£493-£1214

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4 star rating
A spacious town house overlooking the harbour at Garlieston, a beautiful, sheltered area with a quiet promenade just three miles from the ruins of Cruggleton Castle.
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    4
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Kirkbride Farmhouse ref: 28471

Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£489-£934

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4 star rating
After a day exploring the surrounding area, come back and watch the beautiful sunset from the garden room.
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    1
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    3
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    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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Rigfoot Cottage ref: W41100

Langholm, Dumfrieshire, Dumfries & Galloway

£258-£277

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4 star rating
This secluded and detached, pet friendly, family cottage is set in the beautiful Ewes Valley, and boasts panoramic views.
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    3
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    2
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    1
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Heatherview Cottage ref: CC537050

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£389-£528

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4 star rating
Detached cottage for 5 sitting delightfully within an oasis of green fields near Sandhead
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    5
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Palmallet Cottage ref: CC537145

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£679

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4 star rating
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    5
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    3
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    2
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    1
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The Moat House ref: UK5391

Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£1011-£2743

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5 star rating
With an outstanding array of accessible features, The Moat House provides an inspiring venue ideal for families, holidays with friends and groups/individuals with carers.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    4
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    5
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    2
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Quiet ref: SKKL

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£277-£606

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4 star rating
Situated in peaceful countryside, an ideal holiday base for couples to explore the Machars Peninsula with rugged coastline and sandy beaches.
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Valley View ref: CC537234

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£359-£550

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3 star rating
A cosy barn conversion within a larger complex of cottages situated on a working farm very close to Gatehouse of Fleet.
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    2
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    2
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    1
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Tign An Uruisge ref: 29661

Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

£361-£838

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4 star rating
Savour wonderful sea views from this cottage, enjoy a round of golf or visit the local nature reserve.
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    2
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    2
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    2
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