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.

Hawthorn Cottage ref: SYYQ

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£461-£849
4 star rating
Hawthorn Cottage
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With sea views and a beach just 50 yards, this is an ideal property from which to enjoy the coast.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Ballochrae ref: CC537182

Kirkcowan, Dumfries & Galloway

£369-£822
4 star rating
A detached bungalow in a quiet location with pleasant countryside views.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Millburn Cottage ref: UK5185

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£335-£753
4 star rating
This beautiful cottage lies close to the bustling harbour of Kirkcudbright on the north Solway shore.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Craigcaffie Tower ref: UKC1216

Innermessan, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£683-£1493
4 star rating
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  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Whitecroft - Myrtle Cottage ref: 28177

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£830
4 star rating
Traditional granite barn conversion, with woodburner and French doors to garden, lovely walks from the door and close to beaches.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Bardristane Forge ref: S66

Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£404-£931
4 star rating
This cottage in an AONB near the beach, has views from every room, at the edge of a Dark Sky Park.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Arbigland Farm Cottages - Lapwing Lodge ref: 31266

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£819
4 star rating
This pet-friendly holiday property is suitable for a small family who wish to be based near the seashore and the countryside.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Killantrae Burn Cottages - Killantrae Burn B ref: 27145

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£418-£953
4 star rating
Light and airy cottage with upstairs lounge, ideal for wildlife watching from the picture windows, Galloway Hills are close by.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

The End House ref: 30722

Carsethorn, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£517-£1447
3 star rating
This holiday property is ideally suited to people who enjoy the outdoors, with sandy beaches, forest trails and gardens to explore.
  • Sleeps
    9
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    FRI

Auchenbrae Stables ref: CC537219

near Glenluce and Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£221-£573
3 star rating
Within walking distance of the beach at Auchenmalg, this property is set in the ideal location for discovering Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Craig Na Mara ref: CC537240

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£425-£1029
3 star rating
Located close to Dumfries, this ground floor holiday property is ideal for a family or group to enjoy Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Sleeps
    9
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Waulkmill Cottage ref: UK5013

Carronbridge near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£661
4 star rating
A comfortable, bright and welcoming cottage providing a delightful base; visit the extensive grounds of Drumlanrig Castle just two miles away.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Float Bay View, Sandhead ref: CC537110

Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£299-£897
4 star rating
Affording sea views Float Bay View is idyllically located on the stunning Rhins of Galloway.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Bengairn ref: W2076

Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£338-£977
4 star rating
Delightful log cabin with patio doors onto terrace, ideal for al fresco dining, golfers will love the adjacent golf course.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Stables Cottage ref: CC537091

Byreburnfoot, Canonbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£526-£904
0 star rating
Enjoying attractive views from every window this lovely former stable has been beautifully transformed
 
 
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT