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.

Galloway Cottage ref: UK5133

near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

£361-£816

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4 star rating
Galloway Cottage
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Providing accommodation for six, Galloway Cottage is set out in an open plan layout with wonderful views of the Galloway Hills and Wigtown Bay Estuary.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Old School ref: 30631

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£862

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4 star rating
Wonderfully situated to explore Dumfries and Galloway, this former old school house boasts a large garden and multi-fuel burner.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Cogsfoot Cottage ref: W41259

Crawick, near Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

£458-£1184

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4 star rating
There is so much to do here, from panning for gold to watching the salmon leaping, you’ll be sure to return!
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Annan House ref: SAT

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£380-£965

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4 star rating
Enjoy superb indoor and outdoor facilities, acres of glorious gardens all just a few miles from the sandy shore.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Riverside ref: 25875

Brydekirk, Annon, Dumfries & Galloway

£351-£934

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From this spacious , ground floor property explore the quaint villages and sandy beaches, or travel a little further to Edinburgh.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    FRI

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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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    4
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    SAT

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
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    SAT

Mountain Cross ref: ULJ

Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£486-£1353

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4 star rating
In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just 3 miles from sandy beaches, there are many activities nearby for all the family including the dog!
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    SAT

Camelia Cottage ref: CC537221

Glencaple near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£621

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3 star rating
Beautifully presented and enjoying an enclosed garden, this detached cottage is close a network of outdoor activities and lies a short stroll from shops, pub and a restaurant.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT

Quarter Acre House ref: UKC1568

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£492-£1112

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Situated just 3 miles from Stranraer in a beautiful position on the Rhins of Galloway peninsula, Quarter Acre House makes a great base for a family holiday.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Portpatrick Country Cottage ref: CC537246

Near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£298-£611

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4 star rating
In a quiet rural setting, this holiday property enjoys stunning countryside views, not far from the harbour town of Portpatrick.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Seaview Cottage ref: 26579

Port William, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£310-£870

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3 star rating
A peaceful retreat on a glorious coastline. Relax in front of the cosy woodburner and enjoy the views after a day exploring.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT

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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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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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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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT

Millwalk Cottage ref: SCCG

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£418-£968

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4 star rating
This single-storey holiday cottage is ideal for small families and the dog, 10-minutes walk to the coast.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    SAT