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.

Laharna Cottage ref: 692

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£304-£722

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3 star rating
Laharna Cottage
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Just yards from the sea, traditional cottage with open fire, easy access to sea and shore fishing and coastal walks.
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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Old Mill Cottage ref: 30290

Barnbarroch, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£326-£777

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4 star rating
This property has access to bluebell woodland grounds, and the use of a tennis court on-site.
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Tides Reach ref: W43374

Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£359-£520

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4 star rating
Enjoy the spectacular views over Garlieston Bay, as well as easy access to the beach and coastal paths.
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Dorn Rock View ref: CC537178

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£334-£559

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Ground floor apartment named after the stunning view towards the rocky Irish Channel in the conservation village of Portpatrick
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Wigtown Cottage ref: UK5132

near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£653

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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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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Scaurbrae Cottage ref: CC537105

Speddoch near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£624

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4 star rating
Delightful pastoral views from every window and nestled in a rural corner only 10 miles from Dumfries
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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Keepers Cottage ref: UK5089

near castle douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£0

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3 star rating
This lovely detached bungalow has uninterrupted views of Mossdale Loch and is just 10 miles from Castle Douglas.
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    1
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Stable Cottage ref: UUD

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£277-£729

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4 star rating
A cosy retreat with open fire, in an idyllic situation on the 3000-acre Crofts Estate, surrounded by the Galloway Hills.
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    1
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    1
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Acorn Croft ref: S4599

Near Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

£492-£985

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3 star rating
Spacious detached house with enclosed garden, close to sandy beaches and sea fishing available.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Erin View ref: CC537209

Glenluce near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£327-£954

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4 star rating
A delightful, rural bungalow which enjoys sea views towards Luce Bay, an area well known for its unspoilt natural beauty.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Drumwall - Jack’s Hideaway ref: UK5530

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£428-£638

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With a private hot tub, this pod-style accommodation is perfect for a couple to enjoy a break away in a rural location.
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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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Waterside Cottage ref: CC537276

Newbie near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£427-£1033

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4 star rating
A detached cottage set in an elevated position overlooking the Solway and having direct access to a private beach.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Glenbank ref: 27466

Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£263-£811

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4 star rating
An ideal retreat for walkers and cyclists, or the River Cairn is close by for salmon and trout fishing.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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Roseburn Cottage ref: UK5087

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£249-£587

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4 star rating
Located on the Southern Upland Way the cottage is ideal for enjoying hill walking and exploring the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall just 10 miles away.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Lochenkit Farmhouse ref: SNNF

Corsock, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£525-£1359

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4 star rating
This charming, pet friendly, detached, family farmhouse is situated on a private estate and working farm, and boasts stunning countryside views.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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