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.

Up Yonder ref: 27897

Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£427-£1162
5 star rating
Up Yonder
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This beautiful cottage with sea views is ideal for exploring the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway hills.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Bracken Lodge ref: CC537181

Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£886
3 star rating
Attractive lodge set on a park with swimming pool and 20 acres of grounds. Half a mile from a beach.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Killantrae Burn Cottages - Killantrae Burn B ref: 27145

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£418-£953
4 star rating
Light and airy cottage with upstairs lounge, ideal for wildlife watching from the picture windows, Galloway Hills are close by.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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Fisherman’s Cottage ref: CC537073

Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£739
4 star rating
In an idyllic spot on the shore of Luce Bay boasting a private slipway and uninterrupted views across to the Rhinns of Galloway
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Seaview Cottage ref: 26579

Port William, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£310-£917
3 star rating
A peaceful retreat on a glorious coastline. Relax in front of the cosy woodburner and enjoy the views after a day exploring.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • 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
  • Changeover
    SAT

Ash Lodge ref: B5898

Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

£345-£876
3 star rating
Family lodge with balconies overlooking loch and close to unspoilt beach, with heated swimming pool and pony trekking on site.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Liftingstane Cottage ref: UK5232

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£393-£824
4 star rating
An attractive barn conversion located on a farm just 3 miles from Thornhill, in the Nithsdale Valley.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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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

Coastguard’s Cottage ref: CC537113

Carsethorn near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£284-£559
3 star rating
A mere stone’s throw from the sea in the pretty coastal village of Carsethorn less than 14 miles from Dumfries. 
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    FRI

Chestnut Lodge ref: UK5096

near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£751
5 star rating
A well-equipped, cosy annexe close to the thriving harbour village of Portpatrick. The Mull of Galloway is a short drive as is the Galloway Forest and the ancient Dunskey Castle.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Wee Dug Hoose ref: UK5006

Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£346-£818
4 star rating
A delightful stone-built detached cottage close to the Machars Peninsula and set amongst beautiful countryside just outside the hamlet of Stairhaven.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - High Clachan Farmhouse ref: 30811

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£589-£23038
4 star rating
This detached property for 8 has its own lawned garden, woodburner and shared use of 140-acre of grounds.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Nook ref: W42626

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£260-£600
4 star rating
Single-storey holiday property situated in a peaceful location in the heart of Galloway with stunning views over open countryside.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Dairy Cottage ref: CC537272

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£333-£839
4 star rating
Located on an award-winning farm, this semi-detached cottage nestles in beautiful grounds with plenty to do and see.
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT