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.

Woodburn ref: CC537199

Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

£527-£714

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4 star rating
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This modern lodge with hot tub sits on a quiet site next to Mabie Forest, offering world class mountain biking!
  • Sleeps
    4
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Blink Bonnie ref: 28613

Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway

£483-£1285

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3 star rating
This coastal property is perfectly located on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, an ideal base for walkers.
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    SAT

Annan House ref: SAT

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£418-£996

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4 star rating
Enjoy superb indoor and outdoor facilities, acres of glorious gardens all just a few miles from the sandy shore.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Lavender Cottage ref: 29026

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£619-£1247

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4 star rating
Just minutes from the bustling town centre, spacious detached cottage in quiet location, with private garden and hot tub.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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    SAT

Park View Cottage ref: UK5375

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£564-£902

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4 star rating
A deceptively spacious terraced cottage in the heart of the bustling harbour town of Stranraer.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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    FRI

Criffel Lodge ref: CC537083

Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£284-£650

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3 star rating
Criffel Lodge sleeps up to 6 people.  It is in a very quiet area adjacent to the golf course in Tongland and only 4 miles from Kirkcudbright. 
 
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Threave Estate - Granary Cottage ref: 29835

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£411-£734

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3 star rating
This holiday property forms part of the Threave Estate which lies by the ‘food town’ of Castle Douglas.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT

Killantrae Burn Cottages - Killantrae Burn A ref: 27144

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£325-£875

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

Gorsebank ref: CC537051

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£444-£934

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4 star rating
A beautiful, spacious and light filled bungalow with its own private balcony and outstanding views over the harbour
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    SAT

Knocknon Cottage ref: CC537195

Balmaclellan near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£304-£557

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4 star rating
This period cottage is the perfect retreat for any outdoor enthusiast, situated in a peaceful village location which is popular with walkers and cyclists alike.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    FRI

Green Lodge ref: 30113

Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£1002

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4 star rating
Visit the delights of Galloway from this peaceful lodge which has visiting badgers and is close to a sandy beach.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT

Bainloch Lodge ref: UK5184

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£391-£972

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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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    SAT

Rowallan ref: UK5056

Bladnoch, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£536-£1626

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3 star rating
With original features and spacious accommodation, this holiday property sits in a beautiful area with the local pub within walking distance, and a host of outdoor pursuits and attractions nearby.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    SAT

Creebank ref: SSAA

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£426-£891

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4 star rating
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Craigieburn ref: CC537261

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£574-£1421

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4 star rating
A secluded property within yards of the beach with an open fire and private hot tub.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    SAT