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.

Townhead Mill ref: W40646

Thornhill, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£364-£866
4 star rating
Townhead Mill
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This 18th-century watermill is a great escape with an on-site games room. A popular destination for walking and cycling enthusiasts.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Hilltop ref: UK5005

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£295-£756
4 star rating
A detached cottage within walking distance of Newton Stewart and very close to the Galloway Forest Park with over 200 square miles of woodland, hills and waterfalls to explore.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    FRI

Stable Cottage ref: CC537019

Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£272-£529
3 star rating
Stable Cottage enjoys a beautiful rural location on a small farm, with lovely views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Holly Cottage ref: 28140

Colvend, near Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

£283-£899
3 star rating
After a day out exploring the Solway coastline and surrounding area, relax and unwind in the outdoor heated pool.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Glen View ref: UYW

Dunscore, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£454-£1271
4 star rating
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    FRI

Tystie Cottage ref: 28858

Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£293-£817
4 star rating
From this charming cottage discover the beach just 100 yards away or for further sightseeing catch a ferry to Ireland.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Granary ref: UK5242

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£907
0 star rating
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Close to Galloway Forest Park, this comfortable property is a wonderful couples’ retreat and is also not far from Kirkcudbright with its many visitor attractions.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Glenhoul Brae ref: UK5340

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£694-£1477
0 star rating
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Wonder at the night skies in the Galloway Dark Sky Park, cycle the 7 Stanes or simply relax and enjoy the views.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Sanderling ref: SYYU

Port o’Warren, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£491-£1242
4 star rating
Just yards from the beach, this character property is 25 minutes from Dumfries and lies in the vacinity of the Galloway Forest Park.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Gardener’s Cottage ref: CC537189

Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£489-£695
4 star rating
A rural detached former gardener’s cottage situated within the grounds of the historic Bargaly Estate.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Bainloch Lodge ref: UK5184

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£389-£972
4 star rating
Relax on the verandah of this lovely Scandinavian lodge and watch the squirrels, or stroll down to the beach for rock pooling.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Caerlaverock Cottages - Keepers Cottage ref: 31312

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£347-£1008
4 star rating
This traditional cottage is surrounded by outstanding countryside with views over towards the Solway Firth.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Killantrae Burn Cottages - Killantrae Burn A ref: 27144

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£325-£892
4 star rating
Spacious cottage with woodburner and direct beach access, rock pools to explore, whale, dolphin and seal watching in the Bay.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT