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.

May’s Cottage ref: CC537039

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£559

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3 star rating
May’s Cottage
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Charming end terraced cottage for 4/6 in the heart of Gatehouse of Fleet
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The Stables ref: W2775

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£256-£538

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3 star rating
Located in superb walking country, close to the start of the Southern Upland Way, cosy cottage in open countryside.
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    2
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    2
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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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    7
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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Seaview ref: CC537183

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£307-£555

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4 star rating
A semi detached holiday cottage overlooking the town of Portpatrick with seaviews from most of the rooms.
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Granary ref: UK5242

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£907

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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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    2
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    1
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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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Diamonds Laggan ref: SZZD

Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£839-£1873

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5 star rating
This property boasts stunning countryside views and has 5000 acres of grounds to explore.
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    6
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    2
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    3
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    3
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Creebank ref: SSAA

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£426-£850

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4 star rating
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Budgetts ref: UK5210

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£289-£578

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4 star rating
Central to all that this lively town has to offer, yet within a few miles of open countryside and beautiful coastline.
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Craig Na Mara ref: CC537240

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£436-£1029

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3 star rating
Located close to Dumfries, this ground floor holiday property is ideal for a family or group to enjoy Dumfries and Galloway.
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    9
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Palm Tree Cottage ref: CC537093

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£320-£853

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4 star rating
With a 50–year-old palm tree flourishing in the garden this beautiful cottage is nestled within Portpatrick
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    1
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    2
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Cairndoon Steading ref: CC537155

Whithorn near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£364-£787

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4 star rating
Lovely semi detached steading with lovely views offering a living gallery capturing the Galloway Hills, the sea and open countryside
 
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Spoutwells - The Bullpen ref: UK5288

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£341-£735

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5 star rating
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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Lazy Days Cottage ref: CC537158

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£319-£519

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3 star rating
18th century mid terraced cottage tucked in a quiet backwater yet close to the high street of Moffat
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Quiet ref: SKKL

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£277-£603

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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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    2
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    1
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    1
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    1
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