Dumfries & Galloway Council

Living in Dumfries & Galloway

Life's as relaxed as you want it to be.

Stunning coastlines, tranquil countryside, historic villages, busy towns – it's all here, so no matter what your idea of the perfect lifestyle is, Dumfries and Galloway can offer it.

Set in the south of Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway covers 2,380 square miles (making it the third largest region in Scotland) and has plenty to offer. For outdoor types there's world-class mountain biking, while dedicated shoppers can indulge in some serious retail therapy at Gretna's Outlet Village or any of Dumfries's high street stores. And that's just for starters. The area is rich in history, so there are plenty of interesting places to visit, while the regions towns are home to some great places to eat and drink, as well as all the well known shops you'd expect.

The area enjoys comparatively low house prices, low crime rates and low unemployment, combined with high standards of education and healthcare – a great combination in anyone's book.

Add to this great transport links (the M74 connects England and Scotland, while the A75 Euro Route puts the Irish Ferry Sea Ports within easy reach) and it's easy to see why life here is such an attractive proposition.