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.

Seaview ref: CC537183

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£307-£555
4 star rating
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A semi detached holiday cottage overlooking the town of Portpatrick with seaviews from most of the rooms.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Strathannan, Oakriggside ref: CC537114

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£559
4 star rating
Lovely traditional stone cottage nestled in a quiet lane yet only 2 miles from the 19th century town of Moffat
 
 
  • 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
  • Changeover
    SAT

Over Cassock ref: SZZU

Eskdalemuir, near Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

£489-£1334
0 star rating
Beautifully located in a rural setting boasting stunning countryside views and makes the ideal retreat for families or friends alike.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Ardmhor ref: UK5041

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£925-£2215
4 star rating
This detached holiday is surrounded by large walled gardens and is an ideal touring base for extended families or groups of friends.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

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
    SAT

Cedar Lodge ref: 31315

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£0
4 star rating
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    4
  • Changeover
    SAT

Stable Cottage ref: CC537019

Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£272-£529
3 star rating
Stable Cottage enjoys a beautiful rural location on a small farm, with lovely views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Fairview Cottage ref: CC537077

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£679
3 star rating
A charming detached cottage, all on ground level, idyllically placed overlooking Wigtown Bay and the Galloway Hills.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Shepherd’s Cottage ref: CC537206

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£243-£453
2 star rating
Surrounded by picturesque countryside, this single storey cottage boasts a cosy wood burner and large garden.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Beach Cottage ref: W41064

Port William, near Galloway Coast, Dumfries & Galloway

£244-£562
3 star rating
Situated just yards from the sea, this cottage is an ideal base to explore the breathtaking scenery of Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Spoutwells - The Byre ref: UK5289

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£437-£1079
5 star rating
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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

Camelia Cottage ref: CC537221

Glencaple near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£649
3 star rating
Beautifully presented and enjoying an enclosed garden, this detached cottage is close a network of outdoor activities and lies a short stroll from shops, pub and a restaurant.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Dornock Brow Cottage ref: CC537161

Dornock near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£364-£759
0 star rating
Dating back to 1740 this lovely detached single storey cottage leads down to the Solway Firth
 
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Alma Cottage ref: CC537270

Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£255-£667
3 star rating
Just two miles from the beach and five miles to Kirkcudbright, this detached cottage is situated in a delightful village, just 20 yards from the pub.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT