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.

Laharna Cottage ref: 692

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£725

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3 star rating
Laharna Cottage
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Just yards from the sea, traditional cottage with open fire, easy access to sea and shore fishing and coastal walks.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Bardristane Forge ref: S66

Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£389-£970

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4 star rating
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

Spoutwells - The Byre ref: UK5289

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£444-£1114

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5 star rating
Boasting its own private hot tub, this property is the perfect place to gather with friends and relax with a glass of wine in hand, whilst admiring the extensive views.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Gorsebank ref: CC537051

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£444-£934

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4 star rating
A beautiful, spacious and light filled bungalow with its own private balcony and outstanding views over the harbour
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Cedar Lodge ref: CC537232

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£336-£703

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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

Caerlaverock Cottages - Hollins Cottage ref: 29591

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£300-£816

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4 star rating
A perfect escape in a rural setting yet close to Dumfries, ideal for a small family.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Old Mill Cottage ref: 30290

Barnbarroch, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£298-£781

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4 star rating
This property has access to bluebell woodland grounds, and the use of a tennis court on-site.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Harbour Cottage ref: 24721

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£315-£992

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4 star rating
Beautifully located in a harbour village, boasting wonderful views and with access from the garden to a sand and shingle beach.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Ancrum House ref: UKC1460

Gretna Green , Dumfries & Galloway

£713-£885

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4 star rating
This stunningly presented holiday home provides spacious accommodation that has been thoughtfully presented throughout - perfect for a larger social gathering.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    4
  • Changeover
    FRI

Waterside Cottage ref: CC537102

Gibbhill near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£332-£874

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4 star rating
A immaculately presented property in a perfect location
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Annan House ref: SAT

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£418-£996

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4 star rating
Enjoy superb indoor and outdoor facilities, acres of glorious gardens all just a few miles from the sandy shore.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Allanton Mill Cottage ref: CC537069

Auldgirth near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£606

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4 star rating
Delightful, beautifully finished cottage with lovely views over burn and wooded valley
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: Robin’s Nest ref: 25982

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£368-£1022

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4 star rating
Peacefully situated in open countryside, yet close to Kirkcudbright, spacious barn conversion with wood burner, ideal for larger groups.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    FRI

Tystie Cottage ref: 28858

Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£283-£774

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4 star rating
From this charming cottage discover the beach just 100 yards away or for further sightseeing catch a ferry to Ireland.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Craigbittern House ref: UKC1162

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£1216-£3798

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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