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.

Fairview Cottage ref: CC537077

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£679
3 star rating
Fairview Cottage
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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
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Derwent Apartment ref: SAY

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£373-£1233
4 star rating
Guests enjoy use of 3-acre grounds and superb facilities including indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, gym and sunbed.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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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
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East Cottage ref: CC537022

Southerness near Colvend and Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£389-£787
3 star rating
This beach front cottage oozes charm, in a stunning location with sea views
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Whitecroft - Rose Cottage ref: 28176

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£271-£780
4 star rating
Quiet, peaceful location on working farm, cottage with wood burner, ideal for exploring Solway Coast and Galloway Forest Park.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Auchenhill Lodge ref: CC537045

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679
3 star rating
Detached lodge for 4 situated in an idyllic woodland setting close to Kippford, often described as Scotland’s ’Riviera’.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Kenmuir ref: 25874

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£389-£760
4 star rating
A great base for all the family, offering magnificent scenery, beautiful beaches and watersports. 7 Stanes close by.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Coachman’s Cottage ref: 28234

Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£317-£780
4 star rating
A family retreat located just a 5-minute walk from Sandyhills beach, which is a popular area for walkers and cyclists.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Dairy House ref: CC537133

Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£334-£584
3 star rating
Situated on 600 acres working farm enjoying coastal views to Ireland and the Mull of Kintyre
 
 
 
 
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
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Esk Apartment ref: SAW

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£327-£975
4 star rating
With an outdoor children’s play area and superb indoor and outdoor facilities, all the family are sure to be kept entertained.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Glen Isle ref: CC537100

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£624
3 star rating
Newly built detached lodge set within 20 acres yet only a half mile from the small town of Dalbeattie
 
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - Bartaggart Farmhouse ref: W43993

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£517-£1531
4 star rating
A detached farmhouse, large enough to accommodate families and groups wishing to explore this beautiful rural area.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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The Old Sunday School ref: SEEO

Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

£402-£789
4 star rating
A great base for discovering Dumfries and Galloway with beautiful beaches, coastal, hill and woodland walks. Cycling and riding nearby.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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2 North Barnkirk ref: UK5114

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£350-£913
4 star rating
This lovely semi-detached cottage, enjoys a tranquil setting only 1 mile from Newton Stewart.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    4
  • Changeover
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Meikledale Lodge ref: W41861

Ewes, near Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

£320-£745
4 star rating
Ideal for a family with pets, this single-storey property is in a great location for exloring the scenic Ewe’s Valley.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT