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.

Harbour Cottage ref: 24721

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£289-£977
4 star rating
Harbour Cottage
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Beautifully located in a harbour village, boasting wonderful views and with access from the garden to a sand and shingle beach.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

West Mains Cottage ref: W43377

Kirkinner, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£740
4 star rating
A perfect base from which to explore, with beaches, the Galloway Hills and Newton Stewart all within easy reach.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Pleacairn Cottage ref: 28809

Dalton, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£631
4 star rating
Explore the castles, abbeys, mansions and ruins or simply spend a day relaxing on the nearby beach.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Lochenkit Farmhouse ref: SNNF

Corsock, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£509-£1359
4 star rating
This charming, pet friendly, detached, family farmhouse is situated on a private estate and working farm, and boasts stunning countryside views.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Mains of Auchenfranco ref: CC537003

Lochfoot near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£364-£759
4 star rating
This well-appointed farmhouse is set in a picturesque location 6 miles west of Dumfries.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Quiet ref: SKKL

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£277-£641
4 star rating
Situated in peaceful countryside, an ideal holiday base for couples to explore the Machars Peninsula with rugged coastline and sandy beaches.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Caerlaverock Cottages - Hollins Cottage ref: 29591

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£331-£811
4 star rating
A perfect escape in a rural setting yet close to Dumfries, ideal for a small family.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Liddle Apartment ref: SAX

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£327-£975
4 star rating
Use of 3-acre shared landscape gardens, grounds and lakes with fishing and clay pigeon shooting at cost.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Galloway Cottage ref: UK5133

near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

£361-£834
4 star rating
Providing accommodation for six, Galloway Cottage is set out in an open plan layout with wonderful views of the Galloway Hills and Wigtown Bay Estuary.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    FRI

Meikledale Lodge ref: W41861

Ewes, near Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

£320-£745
4 star rating
Ideal for a family with pets, this single-storey property is in a great location for exloring the scenic Ewe’s Valley.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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The Crollin ref: CC537207

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£301-£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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Hornbeam ref: S4432

Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

£336-£985
3 star rating
Timber lodge just ½ mile from sandy beach, wonderful views over fishing loch, Castle Douglas and Loch Ken easily reached.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Iona Cottage ref: CC537211

Ruthwell near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£247-£614
3 star rating
Ideal single-storey retreat with cosy wood burner. Explore Dumfries and Galloway, or even the northern Lake District.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Peace ref: SKKM

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£278-£794
4 star rating
Surrounded by the rolling Galloway Hills, this beautifully converted byre situated on the Machars Peninsula warmed by the Gulf Stream.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Dorn Rock View ref: CC537178

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£559
0 star rating
Ground floor apartment named after the stunning view towards the rocky Irish Channel in the conservation village of Portpatrick
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT