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.

The Granary ref: SPPC

Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£351-£758

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4 star rating
The Granary
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Situated on the 6000-acre Lincluden Estate, on the edge of moors and woodland, with sandy beaches and lovely gardens nearby.
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Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Stables Cottage ref: 30812

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£334-£23038

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4 star rating
This first floor apartment for 4 is in the heart of the Corsewall Estate, and has a cosy woodburner.
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    1
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    2
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5 Tannery Brae ref: CC537164

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£279-£429

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3 star rating
Ground floor apartment for couples in the heart of the attractive ’wee toon’ of Gatehouse of Fleet
 
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Bengairn ref: W2076

Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£338-£898

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4 star rating
Delightful log cabin with patio doors onto terrace, ideal for al fresco dining, golfers will love the adjacent golf course.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Middle Byre ref: CC537236

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£384-£783

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3 star rating
Originally housing the cattle, Middle Byre has now been converted into excellent accommodation with three bedrooms and an enclosed courtyard. Situated on a working farm very close to Gatehouse of Fleet.
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    6
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    2
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    3
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    3
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The Moorings ref: W42414

Isle of Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£285-£633

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4 star rating
Ideal for couples, this quayside holiday apartment in the heart of Galloway, enjoys views over the harbour and sea.
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    2
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    2
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    1
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The Boat House ref: UK5060

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£462

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3 star rating
This converted boat house is a unique romantic getaway, located on the side of Loch Fern in a peaceful, woodland location.
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    2
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    2
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    1
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    1
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Kirkennan Lodge ref: CC537230

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£749

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3 star rating
Located in a village close to Dalbeattie, this property is the ideal base for exploring Dumfries and Galloway.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Caerlaverock Cottages - Keepers Cottage ref: 31312

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£417-£1008

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4 star rating
This traditional cottage is surrounded by outstanding countryside with views over towards the Solway Firth.
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    6
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    2
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    3
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    2
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Knockkennoch 1 ref: CC537259

Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

£356-£752

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One of two cottages sitting by the church at Kirkandrews just yards from both the river and bay.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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    1
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Garden Cottage ref: CC537146

Byreburnfoot, Canonbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£480-£678

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Nestled between Eskdale and Liddesdale close to one of Scotland’s greatest salmon fishing rivers.
 
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    5
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    3
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    1
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Portside Cottage ref: CC537137

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679

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3 star rating
Terraced cottage for 5 situated in the heart of the pretty coastal village of Portpatrick
 
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    3
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    1
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Endeavour’s End ref: 30159

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£741

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4 star rating
In a peaceful retreat in a conservation village, this spacious cottage is ideal for exploring the Solway Coast.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Meikledale Lodge ref: W41861

Ewes, near Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

£305-£726

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4 star rating
Ideal for a family with pets, this single-storey property is in a great location for exloring the scenic Ewe’s Valley.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Wee Glebe ref: 30500

Kirkland, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£521-£1083

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5 star rating
Wee Glebe, complete with hot tub, is an ideal property for that romantic break in the Scottish countryside, located close to the Galloway Forest Park.
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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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