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.

The Duchy ref: CC537262

near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£514-£1252
5 star rating
The Duchy
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A wing of a grand property with a private hot tub, two wood burners and TVs in all the bedrooms.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Airyhemming Farm ref: CC537213

Glenluce near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£734-£1935
4 star rating
A large, detached farmhouse with open views of the countryside. Hot tub in the garden and private fishing available on the nearby river.
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Seaview Cottage ref: 26832

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£317-£783
4 star rating
Situated in a harbour side location, ideally located to explore the rugged coastline and beaches. A popular area for walkers and cyclists.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Rowan Cottage ref: CC537043

Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£559
3 star rating
This 19th century cottage oozes character and charm within the pretty little village of Borgue near Kirkcudbright
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Old Kennels ref: UK5089

near castle douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£0
3 star rating
This lovely detached bungalow has uninterrupted views of Mossdale Loch and is just 10 miles from Castle Douglas.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    FRI

Spring Tide ref: CC537142

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679
4 star rating
Relaxing retreat for 4 with lovely sea views and a private balcony overlooking Wigtown Bay
 
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Squirrels’ Chase ref: CC537144

Barend Holiday Village, Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

£444-£934
3 star rating
Spacious detached lodge at the beautiful Barend Holiday Village where a stunning beach is virtually on the door step
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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The Orangerie ref: STTT

Bargrennan, near Glentrool, Dumfries & Galloway

£393-£1016
5 star rating
A unique barn conversion, enjoy spectacular views over the Galloway Hills from the private hot tub.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Lochhill Bungalow ref: CC537275

New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£620-£1491
4 star rating
This delightful bungalow is ideal for a family or group of friends. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Dumfries and Galloway is a perfect location any time of year.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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Waulkmill Cottage ref: UK5013

Carronbridge near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£661
4 star rating
A comfortable, bright and welcoming cottage providing a delightful base; visit the extensive grounds of Drumlanrig Castle just two miles away.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Hawthorn Cottage ref: SYYQ

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£454-£849
4 star rating
With sea views and a beach just 50 yards, this is an ideal property from which to enjoy the coast.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Antrim Coastline View ref: CC537179

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£374-£759
0 star rating
First floor apartment overlooking the stunning rocky Irish Channel towards the Antrim coastline
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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Bowling Green Cottage ref: CC537125

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£559
3 star rating
Romantic mid terraced cottage for 4 with oodles of charm and character on the Isle of Whithorn
 
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Craigbittern House ref: UKC1162

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£1168-£3619
5 star rating
This magnificent house has plenty of original features, and is a great base from which to enjoy this stunning part of Scotland.
  • Sleeps
    13
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    7
  • Bathrooms
    5
  • Changeover
    FRI

Seascape and Sea Rise Cottages - Sea Rise ref: 26035

Southerness, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£590-£1426
4 star rating
Conveniently located just 500 yards from the sandy beach. After a day exploring, come back and have fun in the games room and hot tub.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT