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.

Knockinaam House ref: UK5095

near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£657-£1631
5 star rating
Knockinaam House
Add to favourites Remove from favourites
This substantial detached property, with views over open farmland, is ideal for larger groups. The traditional harbour and small sandy beach at Portpatrick is close by.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    FRI

The Dairy & The Stables at Drumlane - The Stables ref: UK5195

Laurieston, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£332-£840
4 star rating
The Stables is perfectly placed for exploring the surrounding area, whether you want to hill walk, mountain bike or wander round beautiful gardens.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Dalskairth Mews ref: SAAB

By Mabie Forest, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£439-£486
4 star rating
A romantic retreat for couples, this stylishly furnished property enjoys views towards the Mabie Forest and the surrounding countryside.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

The White House ref: 29545

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£400-£1099
3 star rating
From this detached cottage, a wealth of outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed, in an area abundant in wildlife.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Garden Cottage ref: CC537146

Byreburnfoot, Canonbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£454-£678
0 star rating
Nestled between Eskdale and Liddesdale close to one of Scotland’s greatest salmon fishing rivers.
 
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Driftwood ref: 24424

Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£1034-£1945
4 star rating
A magnificent holiday base for all the family to enjoy with direct access onto the beach.
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Heatherview Cottage ref: CC537050

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£331-£528
4 star rating
Detached cottage for 5 sitting delightfully within an oasis of green fields near Sandhead
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Castle Gardens ref: CC537257

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£424-£934
4 star rating
Centrally located in the wonderful town of Kirkcudbright, this holiday property is the ideal base to discover all that Dumfries and Galloway has to offer.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Carse Cottage ref: CC537074

Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679
4 star rating
Nestled on a former drover’s road this delightful cottage for 4 has glorious countryside views.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Kirkbride Farmhouse ref: 28471

Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£489-£934
4 star rating
After a day exploring the surrounding area, come back and watch the beautiful sunset from the garden room.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    FRI

Craig Na Mara ref: CC537240

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£425-£1029
3 star rating
Located close to Dumfries, this ground floor holiday property is ideal for a family or group to enjoy Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Sleeps
    9
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Craigadam Lodge ref: 29820

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£439-£1089
4 star rating
With many beaches and forest trails to explore, this is a great holiday base for walkers and cyclists.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SA

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
  • Changeover
    SAT

Acorn Croft ref: S4599

Near Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

£487-£985
3 star rating
Spacious detached house with enclosed garden, close to sandy beaches and sea fishing available.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Bayshiel ref: CC537255

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£369-£895
4 star rating
Bayshiel is just 50 yards from the sandy beach at Sandhead where you can enjoy a picnic or windsurf in the sheltered bay.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT