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.

Red Squirrel Lodge ref: 29163

Sandyhills, nr. Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£781
3 star rating
Red Squirrel Lodge
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Surrounded by parkland, this detached lodge, ideal for families, with horse riding and restaurant on site, and close to beaches.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Valleyfield Cottage ref: 24855

Kirkcolm, Dumfries & Galloway

£314-£737
4 star rating
Discover Dally Bay, where seals and propoises can be spotted. After a day exploring, relax and enjoy the panoramic views.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Craigbittern House ref: UKC1162

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£1134-£3619
5 star rating
This magnificent house has plenty of original features, and is a great base from which to enjoy this stunning part of Scotland.
  • Sleeps
    13
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    7
  • Bathrooms
    5
  • Changeover
    FRI

The Stable ref: CC537233

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£359-£550
3 star rating
A converted stable within a larger complex of cottages situated on a working farm very close to Gatehouse of Fleet.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Pleacairn Cottage ref: 28809

Dalton, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£631
4 star rating
Explore the castles, abbeys, mansions and ruins or simply spend a day relaxing on the nearby beach.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Stable Cottage ref: CC537217

Crocketford near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£416-£987
4 star rating
Located in the lovely village of Crocketford, this holiday property is close to Dumfries, Castle Douglas and many other wonderful locations.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Glebe Cottage ref: UK5261

Kirkland, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£799-£1236
4 star rating
Set in an elevated spot, within the Dumfries and Galloway countryside, this ground floor holiday home enjoys secluded gardens and a private hot tub!
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

Burnbank ref: 29448

Kirkgunzeon, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£276-£902
3 star rating
Burnbank is set in a beautiful, peaceful location with many walks nearby and is perfect for keen walkers and cyclists.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Squirrels’ Chase ref: CC537144

Barend Holiday Village, Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

£444-£934
3 star rating
Spacious detached lodge at the beautiful Barend Holiday Village where a stunning beach is virtually on the door step
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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Lochhill Bungalow ref: CC537275

New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£620-£1491
4 star rating
This delightful bungalow is ideal for a family or group of friends. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Dumfries and Galloway is a perfect location any time of year.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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Harbour Row - Gigha ref: 27100

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£303-£775
4 star rating
Delightful cottage overlooking Luce Bay, with open fire and enclosed garden. Visit lighthouse tearooms for coffee and scones overlooking the sea.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Arden Cottage ref: CC537076

Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£332-£874
4 star rating
Single storey cottage for 4/6 in Twynholm only 3 miles from Kirkcudbright
 
 
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Newfield Cottage ref: 24630

Borgue, by Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£337-£801
4 star rating
Boasting countryside views and well-positioned to explore the surrounding area, including Kirkcudbright and Galloway Forest Park.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Iona Cottage ref: CC537211

Ruthwell near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£247-£614
3 star rating
Ideal single-storey retreat with cosy wood burner. Explore Dumfries and Galloway, or even the northern Lake District.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Garlies Lodge ref: SVVG

Gentrool, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£571-£1443
4 star rating
Located in the heart of Gallloway Forest Park with walking and cycling from the door, ideal for touring this beautiful area.
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
  • Changeover
    SAT