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.

Bardristane Forge ref: S66

Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£404-£931
4 star rating
Bardristane Forge
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This cottage in an AONB near the beach, has views from every room, at the edge of a Dark Sky Park.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Squirrel Cottage ref: CC537188

Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£469-£682
3 star rating
A rural, detached cottage within the historic grounds of the Bargaly Estate.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Rushcroft ref: CC537109

Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£679
3 star rating
A lovely detached cottage for four
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SA

Bay View ref: CC537044

Drummore near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£559
4 star rating
Bay View is a delightful bungalow for 4 occupying a superb sea front position on the fringe of Scotland’s most southerly village of Drummore
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Knockkennoch 1 ref: CC537259

Kirkandrews near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

£356-£752
0 star rating
One of two cottages sitting by the church at Kirkandrews just yards from both the river and bay.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Knock School Cottage ref: 2234

Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£234-£523
3 star rating
Situated in a rural location, ideal for star gazing on a clear night. Close to the unspoilt beaches and coves.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Killantrae Burn Cottages - Killantrae Burn A ref: 27144

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£325-£892
4 star rating
Spacious cottage with woodburner and direct beach access, rock pools to explore, whale, dolphin and seal watching in the Bay.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Wee Glebe ref: 30500

Kirkland, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£521-£1052
5 star rating
Wee Glebe, complete with hot tub, is an ideal property for that romantic break in the Scottish countryside, located close to the Galloway Forest Park.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Cottfield House ref: CC537228

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£655-£1824
4 star rating
A large, detached bungalow with views towards the harbour at Stranraer. The spacious, enclosed garden and second lounge make it great for families with children.
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
  • Changeover
    FRI

Criffel Lodge ref: CC537083

Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£284-£650
3 star rating
Criffel Lodge sleeps up to 6 people.  It is in a very quiet area adjacent to the golf course in Tongland and only 4 miles from Kirkcudbright. 
 
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Stables Cottage ref: CC537091

Byreburnfoot, Canonbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£526-£904
0 star rating
Enjoying attractive views from every window this lovely former stable has been beautifully transformed
 
 
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Lintie Cottage ref: UK5161

Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£627
4 star rating
Lintie Cottage is a charming holiday home for four that’s ideal for exploring all that Dumfries and Galloway has to offer.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Creebank ref: SSAA

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£426-£850
4 star rating
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Swallows ref: CC537215

near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£322-£670
4 star rating
Relax and unwind in this semi-detached barn conversion which enjoys a wood burner, enclosed garden and beautiful views.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Glenlea Cottage ref: CC537244

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£717-£1704
5 star rating
A luxurious property with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a delightful garden with pizza oven and hot tub!
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    4
  • Changeover
    FRI