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.

Caerlaverock Cottages - Blossom Cottage ref: 27754

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£409-£1248
4 star rating
Caerlaverock Cottages - Blossom Cottage
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A stunning family base set within a beautiful garden, ideal for touring the area.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

Innisfree Cottage ref: UK5301

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£409-£792
4 star rating
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Enjoy wonderful sea views from this delightful cottage nestled in a picturesque and unspoilt village.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Horsepark Cottage ref: SYYS

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£434-£923
4 star rating
Enjoy uninterrupted views of the sea from this period, Victorian, detached holiday cottage.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Rigfoot Cottage ref: W41100

Langholm, Dumfrieshire, Dumfries & Galloway

£268-£278
4 star rating
This secluded and detached, pet friendly, family cottage is set in the beautiful Ewes Valley, and boasts panoramic views.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

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
  • Changeover
    SAT

Craigslave Cottage ref: CC537223

near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£302-£699
3 star rating
A rural, detached bungalow with wood burner and lawned garden, just two miles from a beach and the historic harbour village of Portpatrick.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Skyview ref: CC537151

Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

£272-£624
4 star rating
Spacious light filled bungalow on the edge of the ancient town of Sanquhar makes a superb base to explore Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire too.
 
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Kirkland Burn ref: UK5081

Tinwald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£534-£789
4 star rating
Well-placed for touring, this cottage has its own hot tub and lies in an area with stunning scenery.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Mews Lane Cottage ref: UK5336

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£311-£697
4 star rating
New!
Set in a quiet location in the heart of the ’artists town’ of Kirkcudbright, a delightful base for exploring the whole of Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Manse Cottage ref: UK5316

Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£220-£522
0 star rating
New!
Enjoy a peaceful holiday at Manse Cottage, with its rural setting and cosy open fire, perfect for relaxing in front of after a busy day exploring.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Allanton Mill Cottage ref: CC537069

Auldgirth near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£606
4 star rating
Delightful, beautifully finished cottage with lovely views over burn and wooded valley
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

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
  • Changeover
    FRI

Cleughbrae Cottage ref: 29447

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£431-£956
4 star rating
Located on the Southern Upland Way, this holiday cottage boasts stunning views over open countryside.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Dye Mill Cottage ref: CC537237

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£239-£426
3 star rating
Located on a country lane in the countryside, close to the market town of Moffat, this charming property is ideal for exploring this beautiful area.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Bengairn ref: W2076

Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£338-£977
4 star rating
Delightful log cabin with patio doors onto terrace, ideal for al fresco dining, golfers will love the adjacent golf course.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT