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.

Glen Annan House ref: CC537198

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£697-£1019
4 star rating
Glen Annan House
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A Grade II listed Victorian property with open fire and enclosed garden located in the pretty town of Moffat.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Corner House ref: CC537200

New Galloway near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£275-£469
3 star rating
Close to Galloway Forest Park, this cottage has walks from the door and you can enjoy water sports and coarse fishing, or visiting Threave Gardens and Castle nearby.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Davaar Cottage ref: CC537038

Corsock near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£559
3 star rating
Idyllically placed within the Glenken moor land this charming cottage is surrounded by beautiful open moor land
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    SAT

Kirkennan Mews ref: CC537229

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£304-£659
4 star rating
This property is set in a peaceful location, surrounded by 35 acres of grounds and backing onto the River Urr.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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West Auchensheen ref: CC537260

Colvend near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£424-£901
4 star rating
A rural property situated on a working farm with a pub a short stroll away and the beach at Rockcliffe one mile.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage ref: CC537173

Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£319-£519
4 star rating
Cosy apartment for 2 surrounded by open farmland yet only 6 miles from Kirkcudbright
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Broomknowe ref: 29546

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£562-£1535
4 star rating
With views out to open sea, this holiday property offers an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
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Bracken Lodge ref: CC537181

Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£886
3 star rating
Attractive lodge set on a park with swimming pool and 20 acres of grounds. Half a mile from a beach.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Waterside Cottage ref: CC537276

Newbie near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£471-£1012
4 star rating
A detached cottage set in an elevated position overlooking the Solway and having direct access to a private beach.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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The Cottage ref: SRRF

Garlieston, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£379-£1039
4 star rating
Just yards from sandy beach, an ideal base to explore the Solway coastline with rocky coves and picturesque villages.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Hornbeam ref: S4432

Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

£336-£985
3 star rating
Timber lodge just ½ mile from sandy beach, wonderful views over fishing loch, Castle Douglas and Loch Ken easily reached.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Airyhemming Dairy ref: UK5201

Glenluce near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£420-£863
0 star rating
This beautiful cottage lies in a picturesque and peaceful area on a working dairy farm.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

Ardath ref: CC537242

Cairnryan near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£283-£676
0 star rating
A cosy holiday property with rugged coastlines, sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery close by, perfect for families.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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The Hen Hoose ref: 28687

Nether Barr, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£232-£551
3 star rating
Enjoy riverside walks from the door or the Galloway Forest Park is nearby with many beaches and coves to explore.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Lazy Days Cottage ref: CC537158

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£319-£519
3 star rating
18th century mid terraced cottage tucked in a quiet backwater yet close to the high street of Moffat
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT