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 Barn ref: W44192

Barnbarroch, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£415-£925

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4 star rating
The Barn
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The Barn lies in the heart of 7Stanes mountain biking country in the beautiful Dalbeattie Forest.
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High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: The Byre ref: 25984

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£317-£749

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4 star rating
Light, airy cottage in tranquil location, surrounded by open countryside, Galloway Forest Park, mountain bike trails and Threave Gardens nearby.
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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Tides Reach ref: W43374

Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£311-£747

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4 star rating
Enjoy the spectacular views over Garlieston Bay, as well as easy access to the beach and coastal paths.
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Old Mill Cottage ref: 30290

Barnbarroch, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£305-£781

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4 star rating
This property has access to bluebell woodland grounds, and the use of a tennis court on-site.
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    2
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    2
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Wigtown Cottage ref: UK5132

near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

£308-£696

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4 star rating
An attractive white-washed semi-detached cottage set amidst rolling farmland with spectacular views of the Galloway Hills and the Wigtown Bay Estuary in south west Scotland.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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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
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    1
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Crofts Cottages - Marwhin Cottage ref: SWWS

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£380-£1006

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4 star rating
Set in gardens with a delightful stream and pond, enjoy woodland walks and hillside trails and fishing on a nearby loch.
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    4
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    2
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    2
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    1
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Burnbank ref: 29448

Kirkgunzeon, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£866

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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
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Woodhall ref: 16551

East Riggs, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£293-£653

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Perfectly located from Annan which has a swimming pool, and Gretna, both 3 miles. Many outdoor activities available close by.
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Horsepark Cottage ref: SYYS

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£437-£967

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4 star rating
Enjoy uninterrupted views of the sea from this period, Victorian, detached holiday cottage.
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    6
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Bothy Cottage ref: CC537020

Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£292-£505

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3 star rating
Bothy Cottage enjoys a beautiful rural location on a small farm yet only 7 miles from the country town of Dumfries.
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    3
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    1
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    1
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Strathmaddie Farm Cottage ref: CC537103

Palnure by Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£874

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4 star rating
Beautiful barn conversion for 4 nestled at the foot of the Cairnsmore of Fleet in the Galloway Hills
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Knocktinkle ref: UK5243

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£599-£1027

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5 star rating
Retaining many original features, this terraced cottage lies a few minutes’ drive from the beaches of Mossyard and Carrick.
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    4
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    2
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    2
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    2
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Glebe Cottage ref: UK5261

Kirkland, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£799-£1175

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4 star rating
Set in an elevated spot, within the Dumfries and Galloway countryside, this ground floor holiday home enjoys secluded gardens and a private hot tub!
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Mill Street ref: UK5383

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£357-£813

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3 star rating
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A perfect location for lovers of wildlife and birdlife with many opportunities to spot a multitude of species, as well as discovering the spectacular coastal areas.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
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