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 Stable ref: CC537233

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£359-£550

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3 star rating
The Stable
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A converted stable within a larger complex of cottages situated on a working farm very close to Gatehouse of Fleet.
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St Mary’s Croft ref: CC537139

Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£559

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3 star rating
Occupying a truly stunning position on the banks of Loch Ryan affording spectacular views
 
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    6
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    3
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    2
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Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Nook ref: W42626

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£263-£590

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4 star rating
Single-storey holiday property situated in a peaceful location in the heart of Galloway with stunning views over open countryside.
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    2
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Manse Cottage ref: UK5316

Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£224-£522

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Enjoy a peaceful holiday at Manse Cottage, with its rural setting and cosy open fire, perfect for relaxing in front of after a busy day exploring.
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Claremont ref: CC537248

Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

£354-£917

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4 star rating
Stunning views of the harbour and bay can be seen from the garden of Claremont, and pretty ports nearby await discovery.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Kincairn ref: CC537129

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£564

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3 star rating
Lovely bungalow overlooking a beautiful stretch of un-spoilt sandy beach fringing Luce Bay
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    5
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Auchenbrae Stables ref: CC537219

near Glenluce and Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£255-£542

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3 star rating
Within walking distance of the beach at Auchenmalg, this property is set in the ideal location for discovering Dumfries and Galloway.
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Hornbeam ref: S4432

Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

£337-£985

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3 star rating
Timber lodge just ½ mile from sandy beach, wonderful views over fishing loch, Castle Douglas and Loch Ken easily reached.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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Corner House ref: CC537200

New Galloway near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£275-£448

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3 star rating
Close to Galloway Forest Park, this cottage has walks from the door and you can enjoy water sports and coarse fishing, or visiting Threave Gardens and Castle nearby.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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The Maltings ref: UK5373

Lochans, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£564-£1281

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4 star rating
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With plenty of space for all the family, and your beloved four-legged friend, The Maltings is located in the picturesque Dumfries and Galloway.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Kirkland Burn ref: UK5081

Tinwald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£534-£789

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4 star rating
Well-placed for touring, this cottage has its own hot tub and lies in an area with stunning scenery.
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    1
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Caerlaverock Cottages - Hollins Cottage ref: 29591

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£331-£779

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4 star rating
A perfect escape in a rural setting yet close to Dumfries, ideal for a small family.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
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Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - Bartaggart Farmhouse ref: W43993

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£618-£1531

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4 star rating
A detached farmhouse, large enough to accommodate families and groups wishing to explore this beautiful rural area.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Derwent Apartment ref: SAY

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£440-£1177

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4 star rating
Guests enjoy use of 3-acre grounds and superb facilities including indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, gym and sunbed.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Galloway View ref: CC537210

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£391-£929

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5 star rating
Situated in a magnificent location, this architect designed chalet is just fabulous for families, friends or couples to get together and explore this beautiful location.
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