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.

Rhodora Villa ref: CC537250

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£445-£1104

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4 star rating
Rhodora Villa
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Nestled in the beautiful countryside, Rhodora Villa boasts stunning views with Loch Ryan in the distance.
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    4
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    2
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Ancrum House ref: UKC1460

Gretna Green , Dumfries & Galloway

£758-£1797

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4 star rating
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This stunningly presented holiday home provides spacious accommodation that has been thoughtfully presented throughout - perfect for a larger social gathering.
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    4
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Acorn Croft ref: S4599

Near Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

£487-£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
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Burnbank ref: 29448

Kirkgunzeon, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£905

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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
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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The Dairy & The Stables at Drumlane - The Stables ref: UK5195

Laurieston, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£372-£835

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4 star rating
The Stables is perfectly placed for exploring the surrounding area, whether you want to hill walk, mountain bike or wander round beautiful gardens.
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Out of the World ref: 28404

Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£398-£973

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4 star rating
From this beautiful retreat explore the Solway coast with many beaches and coves.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Forest Lodge ref: CC537127

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£624

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3 star rating
Nestled in an idyllic private woodland setting close to Kippford – often referred to as Scotland’s ‘Riviera’
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Old Smiddy ref: W42625

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£263-£583

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4 star rating
One of a pair of holiday bungalows situated in a peaceful location ideal for touring Galloway mountains and beaches.
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    2
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Airyhemming Dairy ref: UK5201

Glenluce near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£420-£863

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This beautiful cottage lies in a picturesque and peaceful area on a working dairy farm.
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    6
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Carse Cottage ref: CC537074

Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679

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4 star rating
Nestled on a former drover’s road this delightful cottage for 4 has glorious countryside views.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Arbigland Farms - Little Dunbar Cottage ref: 31265

Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£23038

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3 star rating
This is a great base from which to explore this stunning part of Scotland, with plenty of outdoor activities also to enjoy.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Up Yonder ref: 27897

Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£504-£1120

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5 star rating
This beautiful cottage with sea views is ideal for exploring the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway hills.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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The Wee Byre ref: 28774

Irongray, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£513-£1180

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4 star rating
Spacious, detached family barn conversion, with games room with snooker table and tennis court, close to 7Stanes mountain bike trails.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Rowan ref: 17805

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£338-£915

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3 star rating
An excellent base with fishing on site, riding centre and golf course close by, as well as sandyhills beach just a short stroll away.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Driftwood ref: 24424

Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£1034-£1945

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4 star rating
A magnificent holiday base for all the family to enjoy with direct access onto the beach.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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