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.

Caerlaverock Cottages - Bankswood Cottage ref: 31292

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£407-£1007
4 star rating
Caerlaverock Cottages - Bankswood Cottage
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Perfectly situated to explore this wonderful area by car, bike or on foot, and the Mabie Forest mountain bike tracks are close by.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

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
 
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Bridgend Cottage East ref: CC537191

Caulkerbush near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£581
3 star rating
This period semi-detached property is situated in the heart of 7Stanes mountain biking country and is ideal for exploring.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SUN

Ardath ref: CC537242

Cairnryan near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£283-£676
0 star rating
A cosy holiday property with rugged coastlines, sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery close by, perfect for families.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Braedoon ref: SMMS

Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

£427-£1100
4 star rating
Standing detached in mature landscaped gardens, this pet friendly, family property is ideally located with access to the sandy beach.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Millwalk Cottage ref: SCCG

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£1060
4 star rating
This single-storey holiday cottage is ideal for small families and the dog, 10-minutes walk to the coast.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Glen Annan House ref: CC537198

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£697-£1019
4 star rating
A Grade II listed Victorian property with open fire and enclosed garden located in the pretty town of Moffat.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • 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

Harbour View ref: CC537058

Port William, Wigtownshire, Dumfries & Galloway

£379-£554
4 star rating
A delightful cottage in the pretty coastal village of Port William, with lovely views of the sea.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Roughhills Cottage ref: CC537263

Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£592-£1623
4 star rating
Scenic walks abound from this charming cottage which has stunning views over the bay and the Solway Firth.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Granary ref: UK5242

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£907
0 star rating
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Close to Galloway Forest Park, this comfortable property is a wonderful couples’ retreat and is also not far from Kirkcudbright with its many visitor attractions.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

The Factor’s House ref: CC537241

Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£364-£856
4 star rating
Set in the wooded grounds of Knockbrex Mansion House and just a short stroll from Carrick Shore, the Factor’s House is a wonderful base from which to enjoy a holiday by the sea.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Barley Cottage ref: CC537157

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£624
4 star rating
Forming part of what was once the Newton Stewart Brewery overlooking the River Cree
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Rowallan ref: UK5056

Bladnoch, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£517-£1558
3 star rating
With original features and spacious accommodation, this holiday property sits in a beautiful area with the local pub within walking distance, and a host of outdoor pursuits and attractions nearby.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Dumbretton Cottage ref: CC537055

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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