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.

Diamonds Laggan ref: SZZD

Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£1039-£2005

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5 star rating
Diamonds Laggan
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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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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    3
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Rosehearty ref: UK5491

New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£268-£537

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3 star rating
Rosehearty is ideally situated to enjoy the Galloway Forest Park with its picturesque glens and lochs, and with an abundance of native wildlife.
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Ellenslea ref: CC537063

Carsphairn near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£261-£449

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A lovely cosy cottage with the most beautiful views of the Galloway Hills.
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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The Steading at Nabny ref: UK5302

Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£302-£694

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4 star rating
Keen astronomers will love this property, which is surrounded by exceptional dark skies. The town of Kirkcudbright and its amenities is only 6 miles away.
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    1
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    2
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Belljary ref: UK5813

Near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£0

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4 star rating
A great base for walkers, there are clifftop walks direct from the door, and the Southern Upland Way passes close by.
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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West Lodge Cally Estate ref: UPM

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£384-£860

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4 star rating
West Lodge stands in its own small garden, in an unspoilt area, perfect for walking and 2 miles from quiet beaches.
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    1
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    1
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    2
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The Apartment at Holmpark ref: UK5789

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£262-£710

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This light and airy, first floor apartment is nestled in the popular town of Moffat with spectacular views over the town and hills.
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    4
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Ewes Schoolhouse ref: S4567

Near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

£484-£1236

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4 star rating
Victorian schoolhouse in the heart of the Borders, has superb walking from the door, with Buccleuch Theatre close by.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Garlies Lodge ref: SVVG

Gentrool, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£497-£1596

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4 star rating
Located in the heart of Gallloway Forest Park with walking and cycling from the door, ideal for touring this beautiful area.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
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Moyle ref: CC537101

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£359-£909

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Newly built detached lodge set within 20 acres yet only a half mile from the small town of Dalbeattie
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Lochenkit Farmhouse ref: SNNF

Corsock, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£444-£1443

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This charming, pet friendly, detached, family farmhouse is situated on a private estate and working farm, and boasts stunning countryside views.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Greenswangs House ref: SYYL

Dalton, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£3338

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5 star rating
This cottage is located in Dumfries & Galloway, which is home to the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    4
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Craigieburn ref: CC537261

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£481-£1458

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A secluded property within yards of the beach with an open fire and private hot tub.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Wigtown Cottage ref: UK5132

near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£653

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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
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Low Isle House ref: W2086

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£303-£657

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Originally the customs house, this cosy cottage overlooks the harbour, bay and within feet of beach, with sea fishing available.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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