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.

The Carriage ref: W43089

Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£303-£733
3 star rating
The Carriage
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This converted 1957 railway carriage in a quiet setting, is close to Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Balcary Mews Cottage ref: CC537190

Auchencairn, Dumfries & Galloway

£454-£756
4 star rating
A rural cottage just 50 metres from Balcary Bay with both sea and countryside views.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Diamonds Laggan ref: SZZD

Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£839-£1873
5 star rating
This property boasts stunning countryside views and has 5000 acres of grounds to explore.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
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Bluebell Cottage ref: 28381

Wigtown near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£304-£769
4 star rating
Perfectly located to explore the many beaches and villages, or the River Bladnoch is just yards away with breathtaking scenery.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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Caerlaverock Cottages - Keepers Cottage ref: 31312

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£347-£1008
4 star rating
This traditional cottage is surrounded by outstanding countryside with views over towards the Solway Firth.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

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
  • Changeover
    FRI

Fisherman Cottage ref: UK5343

Glencaple, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£356-£708
0 star rating
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Situated in an Area of Outstanding Beauty and with direct access to the beach, this family home makes a fantastic base from which to explore Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

Kenmuir ref: 25874

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£389-£760
4 star rating
A great base for all the family, offering magnificent scenery, beautiful beaches and watersports. 7 Stanes close by.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: Heron View ref: 25983

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£439-£966
4 star rating
Family cottage with woodburner and many walks to be enjoyed from scenic coastal to marked forest trails all easily accessible.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Harbour Row - Jura ref: 27102

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£302-£767
3 star rating
Spacious family cottage, with garden overlooking the sea, and open fire, is ideal for spotting harbour porpoises, dolphins and seals.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Glenhowl Lodge ref: 29676

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£405-£955
4 star rating
Enjoying stunning elevated views this is a popular location for cyclists centrally located to the majority of the 7 Stanes.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

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
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Portside Cottage ref: CC537137

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679
3 star rating
Terraced cottage for 5 situated in the heart of the pretty coastal village of Portpatrick
 
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Stables Cottage ref: 30812

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£334-£23038
4 star rating
This first floor apartment for 4 is in the heart of the Corsewall Estate, and has a cosy woodburner.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Airyhemming Dairy ref: UK5201

Glenluce near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£420-£863
0 star rating
This beautiful cottage lies in a picturesque and peaceful area on a working dairy farm.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI