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.

Sunnyhill View ref: W42728

Holywood, Dumfries & Galloway

£368-£910
4 star rating
Sunnyhill View
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Enjoying view over the countryside, with many villages and beaches nearby, popular with walkers and cyclists.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Gardener’s Cottage ref: CC537189

Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£489-£695
4 star rating
A rural detached former gardener’s cottage situated within the grounds of the historic Bargaly Estate.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Ellenslea ref: CC537063

Carsphairn near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£242-£429
3 star rating
A lovely cosy cottage with the most beautiful views of the Galloway Hills.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • 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

Green Lodge ref: 30113

Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

£338-£1019
4 star rating
Visit the delights of Galloway from this peaceful lodge which has visiting badgers and is close to a sandy beach.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Middle Byre ref: CC537236

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£384-£783
3 star rating
Originally housing the cattle, Middle Byre has now been converted into excellent accommodation with three bedrooms and an enclosed courtyard. Situated on a working farm very close to Gatehouse of Fleet.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Davaar Cottage ref: CC537038

Corsock near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£559
3 star rating
Idyllically placed within the Glenken moor land this charming cottage is surrounded by beautiful open moor land
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • 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
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Newburn House ref: SHHW

Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£607-£1701
4 star rating
Accommodating upto 12 guests, this substantial end of terrace Georgian town house is perfectly situated for discovering Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Hilltop ref: UK5005

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£295-£756
4 star rating
A detached cottage within walking distance of Newton Stewart and very close to the Galloway Forest Park with over 200 square miles of woodland, hills and waterfalls to explore.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

Hill Cottage ref: CC537194

Port Logan near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£358-£820
3 star rating
This ground floor holiday home is situated on the peninsula known as The Rhins of Galloway, a perfect place to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Cedar Lodge ref: CC537232

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£336-£695
3 star rating
With stunning views of the estuary, this wonderful log cabin is located in the charming village of Kippford, in a peaceful setting.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Beckhead ref: CC537271

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£519-£1039
4 star rating
Situated on a peaceful country estate, where wildlife and farming go hand in hand. Beckhead Cottage offers an ideal holiday base for couples to explore the award winning wildlife sites, watch the abundant nature and take advantage of the...
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Kirkhill ref: CC537205

Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£564-£1208
4 star rating
There are plenty of outdoor activities which can be found close to this lovely property, or simply relax in the grounds and enjoy the hot tub!
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    FRI

The Barn ref: SVN

Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

£351-£758
0 star rating
Enjoy the best of both worlds from this property with many attractions nearby and a sandy bathing beach, 1 mile.
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    0
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT