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.

Claremont ref: CC537248

Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

£354-£967
4 star rating
Claremont
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Stunning views of the harbour and bay can be seen from the garden of Claremont, and pretty ports nearby await discovery.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

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
  • Changeover
    SAT

The Barn ref: W44192

Barnbarroch, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£426-£904
4 star rating
The Barn lies in the heart of 7Stanes mountain biking country in the beautiful Dalbeattie Forest.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Ropeworks ref: CC537126

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£709-£1517
4 star rating
A stunning and uniquely designed detached house by the beach
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

The Hayloft ref: W2776

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£256-£538
3 star rating
Set in a scenic location, The Hayloft is ideally placed for those who enjoy walking and cycling.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Kincairn ref: CC537129

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679
3 star rating
Lovely bungalow overlooking a beautiful stretch of un-spoilt sandy beach fringing Luce Bay
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Gardener’s Cottage ref: UXT

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£330-£998
4 star rating
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Stable Cottage ref: UUD

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£334-£729
4 star rating
A cosy retreat with open fire, in an idyllic situation on the 3000-acre Crofts Estate, surrounded by the Galloway Hills.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Harbour Side View ref: CC537180

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£874
0 star rating
Second floor apartment overlooking the stunning rocky Irish Channel towards the Antrim coastline
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Crofts Cottages - Marwhin Cottage ref: SWWS

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£960
4 star rating
Set in gardens with a delightful stream and pond, enjoy woodland walks and hillside trails and fishing on a nearby loch.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Endeavour’s End ref: 30159

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£772
4 star rating
In a peaceful retreat in a conservation village, this spacious cottage is ideal for exploring the Solway Coast.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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Silver Birches ref: W43181

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£464-£823
4 star rating
Enjoy varied outdoor activities and wonderful scenery from this detached home which is close to the town’s amenities.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
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Brownhill ref: 17760

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£357-£782
4 star rating
A peaceful retreat, ideal for exploring the many sandy beaches and rocky coves. An area with many marked footpaths to discover.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Glebe Cottage ref: UK5261

Kirkland, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£799-£1236
4 star rating
Set in an elevated spot, within the Dumfries and Galloway countryside, this ground floor holiday home enjoys secluded gardens and a private hot tub!
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

The Moorings ref: W42414

Isle of Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£278-£633
4 star rating
Ideal for couples, this quayside holiday apartment in the heart of Galloway, enjoys views over the harbour and sea.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI