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.

Knockinaam House ref: UK5095

near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£657-£1631
5 star rating
Knockinaam House
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This substantial detached property, with views over open farmland, is ideal for larger groups. The traditional harbour and small sandy beach at Portpatrick is close by.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    FRI

Castle Creavie Steading ref: CC537214

Dundrennan near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£384-£716
3 star rating
Located just four miles away from Kirkcudbright, this holiday property is ideally located for discovering the wonderful countryside of this area.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Old Smiddy ref: W42625

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£263-£589
4 star rating
One of a pair of holiday bungalows situated in a peaceful location ideal for touring Galloway mountains and beaches.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Rhonepark Steading ref: CC537264

Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£437-£944
3 star rating
Plenty of outdoor activities are available from this delightful, single storey cottage, which enjoys a cosy open fire and an enclosed lawned garden.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Spoutwells - The Bullpen ref: UK5288

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£323-£735
5 star rating
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This well-presented barn conversion provides an idyllic and romantic setting for couples looking to explore this beautiful location - with a spectacular base to retreat back to at night.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Lavender Cottage ref: 29026

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£614-£1428
4 star rating
Just minutes from the bustling town centre, spacious detached cottage in quiet location, with private garden and hot tub.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

The Hayloft ref: W2776

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£256-£538
3 star rating
Set in a scenic location, The Hayloft is ideally placed for those who enjoy walking and cycling.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Helm’s Deep ref: W41598

Sandyhills, near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

£404-£1194
3 star rating
Enjoy a shared indoor swimming pool, free unlimited broadband, wi-fi and Netflix during your stay at Helm’s Deep.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Wee Newton ref: CC537059

Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£364-£759
3 star rating
Idyllically placed in a peaceful backwater nestled in a pretty corner of Scotland yet only 1 mile from the beach.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Harbour Retreat ref: UK5030

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£428-£1231
4 star rating
A spacious town house overlooking the harbour at Garlieston, a beautiful, sheltered area with a quiet promenade just three miles from the ruins of Cruggleton Castle.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Budgetts ref: UK5210

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£289-£602
4 star rating
Central to all that this lively town has to offer, yet within a few miles of open countryside and beautiful coastline.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

The Barn ref: CC537056

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£244-£494
3 star rating
Collection of three farm cottages nestled within 400 acre dairy and beef farm only 3.5 miles from Annan
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Shore Cottage ref: 30632

Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

£327-£927
4 star rating
This beach-front holiday property is ideal for a family who wish to enjoy the scenery of the Rhins of Galloway.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Out of the World ref: 28404

Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£1001
4 star rating
From this beautiful retreat explore the Solway coast with many beaches and coves.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Olafs Cottage ref: 14564

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£307-£819
3 star rating
From this delightful cottage enjoy magnificent sea views. Discover the paths leading to a secluded, sandy and pebble beach.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT