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.

Cordorcan Cottages - Low Cordorcan

4 star rating

Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£365-£789

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Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£789

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Fourwinds

4 star rating

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£285-£739

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£285-£739

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Bridgend Cottage East

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Caulkerbush near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£279-£629

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Caulkerbush near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£279-£629

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Woodside

4 star rating

Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£0-£734

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Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£734

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Crofts Cottages - Marwhin House

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£365-£1175

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Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£1175

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Cottonmill Cottage

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£345-£835

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£835

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Jura

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£609-£759

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£609-£759

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Sea-esta

4 star rating

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£275-£755

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£275-£755

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

The Carriage

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Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£435-£785

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Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£435-£785

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

River View

3 star rating

Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£279-£689

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Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£279-£689

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Blue Door

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£729-£1109

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£729-£1109

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Ettrick Cottage

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£335-£675

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£675

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Cairndoon Steading

4 star rating

Whithorn near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£439-£899

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Whithorn near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£439-£899

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 0

Loch View

4 star rating

Colvend, near Kippford, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£505-£1335

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Colvend, near Kippford, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£1335

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Orchard Cottage

4 star rating

Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£625-£1635

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Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£625-£1635

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2