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.

Samian Place ref: CC537075

Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway

£272-£389

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Samian Place
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Cosy pied a terrace for couples offering bright and modern accommodation in Kirkpatrick Durham
 
 
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Diamonds Laggan ref: SZZD

Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£839-£1965

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5 star rating
An escape to rural bliss with stunning countryside to explore on and around the estate, the perfect getaway for walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts
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    4
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Solway View ref: W41032

Powfoot, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£295-£639

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This end terrace, pet friendly villa boasts superb views across the Solway Firth and there is an abundance of wildlife.
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The Byre Cottage ref: UK5371

Cannee, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£301-£692

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A short walk to Kirkcudbright which hosts a calendar of events throughout the year and within easy reach of many sandy beaches.
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Woodside ref: CC537148

Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

£527-£759

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Beautifully appointed newly built lodge for 4 with a luxurious private hot tub
 
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Woodhall ref: 16551

East Riggs, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£293-£653

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3 star rating
Perfectly located from Annan which has a swimming pool, and Gretna, both 3 miles. Many outdoor activities available close by.
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Castle Gardens ref: CC537257

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£400-£400

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4 star rating
Centrally located in the wonderful town of Kirkcudbright, this holiday property is the ideal base to discover all that Dumfries and Galloway has to offer.
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Ettrick Cottage ref: UK5168

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£287-£647

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3 star rating
Set in a rural location where wildlife abounds, this delightful cottage enjoys beautiful views and lies just under 6 miles from Thornhill, with shops and restaurants.
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The Loft ref: CC537057

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£244-£494

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3 star rating
Nestled within a 400 acre dairy and beef farm close to Annan.
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Cleughbrae Cottage ref: 29447

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£453-£957

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4 star rating
Located on the Southern Upland Way, this holiday cottage boasts stunning views over open countryside.
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Middle Byre ref: CC537236

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£384-£810

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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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Craigslave Cottage ref: CC537223

near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£303-£533

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A rural, detached bungalow with wood burner and lawned garden, just two miles from a beach and the historic harbour village of Portpatrick.
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Wee Glebe ref: 30500

Kirkland, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£521-£1003

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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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Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Garden Cottage ref: 30810

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£434-£23038

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4 star rating
Garden Cottage is located in over 20 acres of gardens, boasts views over Loch Ryan and has 3 en-suite bedrooms.
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    4
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Barley Cottage ref: CC537157

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£624

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4 star rating
Forming part of what was once the Newton Stewart Brewery overlooking the River Cree
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