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.

Knockkennoch 1 ref: CC537259

Kirkandrews near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

£356-£752
0 star rating
Knockkennoch 1
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One of two cottages sitting by the church at Kirkandrews just yards from both the river and bay.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Knock School Cottage ref: 2234

Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£234-£523
3 star rating
Situated in a rural location, ideal for star gazing on a clear night. Close to the unspoilt beaches and coves.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Newburn House ref: SHHW

Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£607-£1701
4 star rating
Accommodating upto 12 guests, this substantial end of terrace Georgian town house is perfectly situated for discovering Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Lynwood ref: W8256

Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£273-£683
3 star rating
Explore the Whithorn Peninsula, spectacular coastline and sandy beaches from this pet friendly, detached, family holiday bungalow in a pretty village.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Holmhill Steading Cottage ref: CC537154

Thornhill, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679
4 star rating
Once the stable block and grooms quarters to the elegant main house this spacious property is easily accessible
 
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Kirkbride Farmhouse ref: 28471

Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£352-£815
4 star rating
After a day exploring the surrounding area, come back and watch the beautiful sunset from the garden room.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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    FRI

The Crollin ref: CC537207

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£292-£666
4 star rating
Located within walking distance of the centre of Kirkcudbright, this holiday property is in a peaceful setting.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Barn ref: SVN

Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

£351-£758
0 star rating
Enjoy the best of both worlds from this property with many attractions nearby and a sandy bathing beach, 1 mile.
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    0
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Hillcroft ref: CC537098

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£410-£642
3 star rating
Detached bungalow for six with a raised balcony affording stunning views of Portpatrick and to the sea.
 
 
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Firth Lodge ref: 29543

Southerness, Dumfries & Galloway

£347-£954
0 star rating
Located on the Solway coast, ideally situated just a mere 100 yards from the sandy beach.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Stonecrop ref: CC537256

Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£893
4 star rating
Admire the wonderful views from the large picture window at this lovely holiday property and discover all that south west Scotland has to offer.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Galloway View ref: CC537210

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£425-£952
5 star rating
Situated in a magnificent location, this architect designed chalet is just fabulous for families, friends or couples to get together and explore this beautiful location.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    FRI

Shepherd’s Cottage ref: CC537206

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£243-£453
2 star rating
Surrounded by picturesque countryside, this single storey cottage boasts a cosy wood burner and large garden.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Glenlea Cottage ref: CC537244

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£717-£1704
5 star rating
A luxurious property with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a delightful garden with pizza oven and hot tub!
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    4
  • Changeover
    FRI

Arbigland Farm Cottages - Curlew Lodge ref: 31268

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£399-£23038
4 star rating
Discover Dumfries & Galloway and the Solway Coast with beaches, spectacular scenery and wildlife.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT