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.

Park Cottage ref: 29716

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£670-£1482
0 star rating
Park Cottage
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This property is located in the grounds of the Cally Palace Hotel, with free access to their recreational facilities.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Arbigland Farm Cottages - Skylark Lodge ref: 31267

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£23038
4 star rating
This holiday lodge is a cosy retreat to return to after a day exploring the area or simply strolling on the beach.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Seaside Retreat ref: W42537

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£238-£528
3 star rating
Great for a couple or small family, just yards from the sea with beaches, coves and breathtaking scenery all around.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Number 12 ref: CC537170

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£436
4 star rating
Ground floor apartment tucked away from the famous ‘double’ High Street of Moffat
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Chippermore Cottage ref: CC537049

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£334-£584
3 star rating
Detached cottage for 4/5 occupying an elevated site with stunning views over Lucie Bay
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Threave Estate - Millwheel Cottage ref: 29834

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£373-£734
3 star rating
Once part of a 19th-century water mill, this cottage has lots of original features with high-beamed ceilings and country furniture.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT

Seascape and Sea Rise Cottages - Seascape ref: 30501

Southerness, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£614-£1549
5 star rating
This well-equipped accommodation is perfect for families and couples to explore south west Scotland.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    FRI

Sunnyhill View ref: W42728

Holywood, Dumfries & Galloway

£368-£910
4 star rating
Enjoying view over the countryside, with many villages and beaches nearby, popular with walkers and cyclists.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Stable Cottage ref: UUD

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£334-£729
4 star rating
A cosy retreat with open fire, in an idyllic situation on the 3000-acre Crofts Estate, surrounded by the Galloway Hills.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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The Factor’s House ref: CC537241

Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£364-£856
4 star rating
Set in the wooded grounds of Knockbrex Mansion House and just a short stroll from Carrick Shore, the Factor’s House is a wonderful base from which to enjoy a holiday by the sea.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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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
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Scaurbrae Cottage ref: CC537105

Speddoch near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£624
0 star rating
Delightful pastoral views from every window and nestled in a rural corner only 10 miles from Dumfries
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Arbigland Farms - Little Dunbar Cottage ref: 31265

Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£819
3 star rating
This is a great base from which to explore this stunning part of Scotland, with plenty of outdoor activities also to enjoy.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: Heron View ref: 25983

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£439-£966
4 star rating
Family cottage with woodburner and many walks to be enjoyed from scenic coastal to marked forest trails all easily accessible.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Strathmaddie Farm Cottage ref: CC537103

Palnure by Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£365-£874
4 star rating
Beautiful barn conversion for 4 nestled at the foot of the Cairnsmore of Fleet in the Galloway Hills
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT