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.

St Mary’s Croft

3 star rating

Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£339-£584

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Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£339-£584

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Arden Cottage

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Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£291-£934

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Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£291-£934

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Blairinnie

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Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1239-£2579

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Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1239-£2579

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Braedoon

4 star rating

Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£454-£1168

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Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

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£454-£1168

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Bridgend Cottage East

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Caulkerbush near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£263-£605

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Caulkerbush near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£263-£605

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

Olafs Cottage

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£270-£809

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£270-£809

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

Braefield

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 15
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£693-£2155

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£693-£2155

Sleeps: 15 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 6 Pets: 2

Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Garden Cottage

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£534-£23038

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£534-£23038

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

The Orangerie

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Bargrennan, near Glentrool, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£498-£1016

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Bargrennan, near Glentrool, Dumfries & Galloway

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£498-£1016

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

Garlies Lodge

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Gentrool, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£497-£1565

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Gentrool, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£497-£1565

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

Lochryan View

4 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£372-£708

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£372-£708

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

Mews Lane Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£489-£719

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£719

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

Firth Lodge

4 star rating

Southerness, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£969

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Southerness, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£969

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

Clauchan Farm - Middle Byre

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near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£519-£965

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near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£519-£965

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

Criffel Lodge

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Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£295-£677

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Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£295-£677

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