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.

Kirkland Burn ref: UK5081

Tinwald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£534-£789
4 star rating
Kirkland Burn
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Well-placed for touring, this cottage has its own hot tub and lies in an area with stunning scenery.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT

Swallows ref: CC537215

near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£322-£670
4 star rating
Relax and unwind in this semi-detached barn conversion which enjoys a wood burner, enclosed garden and beautiful views.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Ash Lodge ref: B5898

Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

£345-£876
3 star rating
Family lodge with balconies overlooking loch and close to unspoilt beach, with heated swimming pool and pony trekking on site.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Woodsedge ref: CC537231

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£684
3 star rating
This wheelchair accessible holiday property is close to many attractions, including Threave Gardens (NT) and many castles and historical sites.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Portside Cottage ref: CC537137

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679
3 star rating
Terraced cottage for 5 situated in the heart of the pretty coastal village of Portpatrick
 
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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5 Tannery Brae ref: CC537164

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£279-£429
3 star rating
Ground floor apartment for couples in the heart of the attractive ’wee toon’ of Gatehouse of Fleet
 
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Woodside ref: CC537148

Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

£527-£759
4 star rating
Beautifully appointed newly built lodge for 4 with a luxurious private hot tub
 
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Balcary Mews Cottage ref: CC537190

Auchencairn, Dumfries & Galloway

£454-£756
4 star rating
A rural cottage just 50 metres from Balcary Bay with both sea and countryside views.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Knockkennoch 2 ref: CC537258

Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

£344-£731
3 star rating
Close to both the river and sea at Kirkandrews this cottage is well placed for fun and relaxation.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Cairnsmore Cottage ref: CC537269

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£426-£1284
5 star rating
Located in an elevated position, enjoy lovely countryside views from this Galloway cottage.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Glenhowl Lodge ref: 29676

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£405-£955
4 star rating
Enjoying stunning elevated views this is a popular location for cyclists centrally located to the majority of the 7 Stanes.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

The White House ref: 29545

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£400-£1099
3 star rating
From this detached cottage, a wealth of outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed, in an area abundant in wildlife.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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Chestnut Lodge ref: UK5096

near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£751
5 star rating
A well-equipped, cosy annexe close to the thriving harbour village of Portpatrick. The Mull of Galloway is a short drive as is the Galloway Forest and the ancient Dunskey Castle.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Mill Dam House ref: CC537266

Springholm near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£920-£2331
4 star rating
This spacious holiday property is set in a stunning location with an enclosed garden enjoying lovely farmland views.
  • Sleeps
    14
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    5
  • 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