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.

Woodhall

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East Riggs, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£319-£699

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East Riggs, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£699

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Spring Tide

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£329-£755

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£329-£755

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Maidenholm - Waterwheel

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£315-£535

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£535

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Bothy Cottage

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Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£365-£525

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Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£525

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

The Byre Cottage

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Cannee, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£405-£855

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Cannee, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£855

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Kirkland Burn

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Tinwald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£639-£689

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Tinwald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£639-£689

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Seaview

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£429-£1199

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£429-£1199

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Curlew Cottage

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Mossyard, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£465-£995

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Mossyard, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£465-£995

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Criffel Lodge

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Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£276-£729

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Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£276-£729

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Hill View

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£395-£775

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£775

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Kinvara

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£839-£1929

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£839-£1929

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Nith House

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Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£449-£1085

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Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£1085

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Old Tannery Cottage

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Thornhill, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£395-£665

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Thornhill, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£665

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Fisherman’s Cottage

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£435-£815

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£435-£815

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Liftingstane - Liftingstane Cottage

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£445-£889

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£889

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2