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.

Ettrick Cottage ref: UK5168

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£252-£654

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3 star rating
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Set in a rural location where wildlife abounds, this delightful cottage enjoys beautiful views and lies just under 6 miles from Thornhill, with shops and restaurants.
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    2
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Williamwood ref: CC537274

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£659-£1655

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4 star rating
On a site of similar properties, this unique cottage offers plenty to do for the outdoor enthusiast. Close to Gretna Green, Carlisle and Powfoot Beach.
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    6
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Clarksburn ref: W4250

Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£381-£924

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A single-storey family holiday property with a sunny conservatory in a great location for discovering south west Scotland.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Cedar Lodge ref: CC537232

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£336-£723

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3 star rating
With stunning views of the estuary, this wonderful log cabin is located in the charming village of Kippford, in a peaceful setting.
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    4
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    2
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Garden Cottage ref: CC537146

Byreburnfoot, Canonbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£564-£707

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Nestled between Eskdale and Liddesdale close to one of Scotland’s greatest salmon fishing rivers.
 
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Conheath Gatelodge ref: SCB

Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£409-£961

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4 star rating
This single-storey, traditional Georgian cottage boasts original features, cosy open fire and garden with views over the Nith estuary.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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    2
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Diamonds Laggan ref: SZZD

Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£1039-£1955

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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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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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The Cottage ref: UK5468

Glenmidge, Auldgirth, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£308-£657

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4 star rating
With a wonderful countryside backdrop and abundant wildlife, this stone-built cottage is especially perfect for cyclists, being close to a number of 7stanes trails.
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    2
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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The Dairy House ref: CC537133

Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£344-£609

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Situated on 600 acres working farm enjoying coastal views to Ireland and the Mull of Kintyre.
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    8
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Cot Cottage ref: UKC2970

Ringford, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£1244-£3266

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4 star rating
After a day spent exploring the many interesting towns and attractions nearby, relax in your own private hot tub.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
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    FRI

Maidenholm - Forge Mill Cottage ref: UK5816

Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£586

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3 star rating
This delightful cottage is a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts with many scenic walks and the Dalbeattie Forest close by.
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    3
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Up Yonder ref: 27897

Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£594-£1178

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5 star rating
This beautiful cottage with distant sea views is ideal for exploring the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway hills.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Crofts Cottages - Marwhin House ref: SWWR

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£367-£1113

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4 star rating
Surrounded by the Galloway Hills, this detached, pet friendly property has dramatic views towards the Solway Firth and Cumbrian Hills.
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    6
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    1
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    3
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    2
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Blairinnie ref: UKC1868

Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£1239-£2686

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5 star rating
An escape to rural bliss - the perfect getaway for walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts with stunning countryside to explore on and around the estate.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
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    3
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The Wee Byre ref: 28774

Irongray, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£513-£1280

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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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