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.

Low Isle House ref: W2086

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£295-£639
4 star rating
Low Isle House
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Originally the customs house, this cosy cottage overlooks the harbour, bay and within feet of beach, with sea fishing available.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Edenville ref: CC537249

Gatehouse of Fleet near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£419-£883
4 star rating
Enjoying stunning views over Fleet Bay, this detached cottage lies just a short stroll from a choice of sandy beaches.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    FRI

Float Bay View, Sandhead ref: CC537110

Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£299-£897
4 star rating
Affording sea views Float Bay View is idyllically located on the stunning Rhins of Galloway.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Hillend Guest Cottage ref: UK5022

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£256-£575
3 star rating
Enjoy wonderful open views towards Moffat Water and the Southern Upland Way from this holiday property.
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Martha’s Shore Cottage ref: SAAE

Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£418-£996
4 star rating
An original 18th-century fisherman’s cottage with magnificent views over the Solway Estuary with wood-burning stove and wheelchair access.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

The Old Sunday School ref: SEEO

Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

£402-£789
4 star rating
A great base for discovering Dumfries and Galloway with beautiful beaches, coastal, hill and woodland walks. Cycling and riding nearby.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Grahamsfield Cottage ref: CC537046

Ecclefechan near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£534
0 star rating
Charming Victorian cottage for 4 set on a small working farm enjoying beautiful rural views
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Seaview ref: 29024

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£424-£1097
4 star rating
This stunning property, with unparalleled views over the sea and harbour, is perfectly located to explore the beauty of southern Scotland.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Arkland Mill ref: STTZ

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£341-£1102
4 star rating
This property with large garden, summerhouse and cosy woodburner is surrounded by the Galloway Hills, with dramatic views towards the Solway Firth.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Beuchan Cottage ref: CC537141

Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£319-£519
3 star rating
Detached cottage for 4 enjoying lovley rural views in this stunning part of South West Scotland
 
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Old Glenstocken ref: CC537106

Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

£408-£1209
4 star rating
Lovely detached steading conversion for 8 only a mile from the pretty little village of Rockcliffe and Colvend.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Shore Cottage ref: CC537226

Carsluith near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£336-£781
4 star rating
With direct access to the beach, this cosy cottage enjoys stunning bay views and is ideally placed for exploring south west Scotland.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Woodhall ref: 16551

East Riggs, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£291-£653
0 star rating
Perfectly located from Annan which has a swimming pool, and Gretna, both 3 miles. Many outdoor activities available close by.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

West Cottage ref: UK5001

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£401-£992
3 star rating
An original salt miner’s cottage within twenty yards of the beach which overlooks the Solway Firth with the Southerness Lighthouse only a short gaze away.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Arbigland Farm Cottages - Curlew Lodge ref: 31268

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£399-£789
4 star rating
Discover Dumfries & Galloway and the Solway Coast with beaches, spectacular scenery and wildlife.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT