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.

Mill Dam House ref: CC537266

Springholm near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£920-£2331

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4 star rating
Mill Dam House
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This spacious holiday property is set in a stunning location with an enclosed garden enjoying lovely farmland views.
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    5
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Coachman’s Cottage ref: 28234

Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£317-£780

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4 star rating
A family retreat located just a 5-minute walk from Sandyhills beach, which is a popular area for walkers and cyclists.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Valleyfield Cottage ref: 24855

Kirkcolm, Dumfries & Galloway

£497-£539

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4 star rating
Discover Dally Bay, where seals and propoises can be spotted. After a day exploring, relax and enjoy the panoramic views.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Shore Cottage ref: 28692

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£294-£766

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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
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage ref: CC537173

Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£318-£519

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4 star rating
Cosy apartment for 2 surrounded by open farmland yet only 6 miles from Kirkcudbright
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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West Mains Cottage ref: W43377

Kirkinner, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£709

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4 star rating
A perfect base from which to explore, with beaches, the Galloway Hills and Newton Stewart all within easy reach.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Kinvara ref: UK5385

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£792-£1767

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4 star rating
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Located in the bustling harbour town of Stranraer and close to the beach this detached villa is close to all amenities.
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    14
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Barncailzie Lodge ref: CC537218

Springholm near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£374-£815

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4 star rating
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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    6
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    3
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Craigadam Lodge ref: 29820

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£450-£1089

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4 star rating
With many beaches and forest trails to explore, this is a great holiday base for walkers and cyclists.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Old Port Store ref: SZZT

Stairhaven, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£709-£1613

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5 star rating
A former grainstore, this three-storey house is just 200 yards from the shore and has views across the bay.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    4
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Crofts Cottages - Marwhin Cottage ref: SWWS

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£380-£960

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4 star rating
Set in gardens with a delightful stream and pond, enjoy woodland walks and hillside trails and fishing on a nearby loch.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Cedar Lodge ref: 31315

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£614-£23038

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4 star rating
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    4
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Fourwinds ref: UK5200

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£314-£659

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4 star rating
Admire the sea views from the floor-to-ceiling windows of this bungalow which lies in a small, friendly village.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
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  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Burnbank ref: 29448

Kirkgunzeon, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£879

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3 star rating
Burnbank is set in a beautiful, peaceful location with many walks nearby and is perfect for keen walkers and cyclists.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Rhonepark Steading ref: CC537264

Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£428-£944

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3 star rating
Plenty of outdoor activities are available from this delightful, single storey cottage, which enjoys a cosy open fire and an enclosed lawned garden.
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  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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