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.

Steading Cottage

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Creetown, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£425-£829

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Creetown, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£829

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Stranit

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Kelton, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£319-£709

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Kelton, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£709

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

Lynwood

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Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£289-£689

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Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£289-£689

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

The Stables

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£289-£549

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£289-£549

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Palmallet Cottage

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Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 3

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£320-£750

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Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£320-£750

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Smallholm Steading

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Hightae, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£429-£839

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Hightae, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£429-£839

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

Townhead Mill

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Thornhill, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£919

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Thornhill, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£919

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

Whitecroft - Rose Cottage

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£289-£839

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£289-£839

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Carse Cottage

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Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£370-£730

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Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£370-£730

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

Maidenholm - Anvil

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£315-£519

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£519

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

Gilchristland Cottage

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£299-£689

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£299-£689

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Millburn Cottage

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£375-£775

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£775

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Military Drive - 8 Military Drive

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£919-£2119

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£919-£2119

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

The Whins

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Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£349-£749

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Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£749

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Waterside Cottage

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Gibbhill near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£364-£930

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Gibbhill near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£364-£930

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0