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.

Swallow Lodge ref: 28810

Bardennoch West, near Carsphairn, Dumfries & Galloway

£320-£733
4 star rating
Swallow Lodge
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Set in a quiet, rural location with an abundance of mountain biking and walking routes within easy reach.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Greenswangs House ref: SYYL

Dalton, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£1738-£3437
0 star rating
This cottage is located in Dumfries & Galloway, which is home to the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    4
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    FRI

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

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£368-£1022
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

Lower Baltersan Cottage ref: CC537208

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£348-£837
4 star rating
Peacefully set, this detached cottage has a feature wood burner and views over open farmland. It lies a few miles from Newton Stewart and close to Galloway Forest and Dark Skies Park.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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The Cottage ref: SRRF

Garlieston, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£379-£1039
4 star rating
Just yards from sandy beach, an ideal base to explore the Solway coastline with rocky coves and picturesque villages.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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The Wee Byre ref: 28774

Irongray, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£513-£1180
4 star rating
Spacious, detached family barn conversion, with games room with snooker table and tennis court, close to 7Stanes mountain bike trails.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Grey Craig ref: CC537273

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£589-£1039
4 star rating
Plenty of attractions are close by, or stay on-site and enjoy the many activities available. This property has its own unique style and nestles on an award-winning farm.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Arbigland Farms - Shore Cottage ref: 31262

Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£579-£1139
3 star rating
Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Nith House ref: SAU

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£327-£975
4 star rating
Shimmering lakes, wooded walks and views to Lakeland from this property, sharing superb on-site indoor and outdoor facilities.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Blaeberry Cottage ref: 28061

Near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£389-£1008
3 star rating
Set in a quiet location with a beautiful enclosed garden. Take a day trip to Edinburgh which can be reached within an hour.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Blink Bonnie ref: 28613

Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway

£486-£1269
3 star rating
This coastal property is perfectly located on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, an ideal base for walkers.
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Old Smiddy ref: W42625

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£263-£589
4 star rating
One of a pair of holiday bungalows situated in a peaceful location ideal for touring Galloway mountains and beaches.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Lochryan View ref: 23995

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£637
4 star rating
An ideal location for walkers. Discover several beaches close by or visit Agnew Park, which children will love.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

May’s Cottage ref: CC537039

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£559
3 star rating
Charming end terraced cottage for 4/6 in the heart of Gatehouse of Fleet
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

The Hen Hoose ref: 28687

Nether Barr, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£232-£551
3 star rating
Enjoy riverside walks from the door or the Galloway Forest Park is nearby with many beaches and coves to explore.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT