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.

Tystie Cottage

4 star rating

Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£359-£1145

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Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£1145

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

Diamonds Laggan

5 star rating

Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1280-£2241

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Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1280-£2241

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Cordorcan Cottages - Low Cordorcan

4 star rating

Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£435-£875

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Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£435-£875

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

Barley Cottage

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£395-£755

4 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£755

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Drumbain - Little Willow

5 star rating

Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£589-£785

5 star rating
Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£589-£785

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

Dunskey Estate - Fern Forest House

5 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1025-£1675

5 star rating
Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1025-£1675

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

Prince’s Cottage

4 star rating

Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£495-£1055

4 star rating
Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£1055

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

Caerlaverock Cottages - Rowan Cottage

4 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£1059

4 star rating
Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£1059

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

Kilfillan Cottage

3 star rating

Garlieston, near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£559-£719

3 star rating
Garlieston, near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£559-£719

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

Larchbank

4 star rating

Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

4 star rating
Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£0

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

Martha’s Shore Cottage

4 star rating

Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£489-£1165

4 star rating
Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£1165

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

Caerlaverock Farmhouse

3 star rating

Caerlaverock, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£1069-£2259

3 star rating
Caerlaverock, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1069-£2259

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 0

Glencroft

4 star rating

near Portpatrick, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£975

4 star rating
near Portpatrick, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£975

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

Kilmark Farm

4 star rating

Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£715-£1459

4 star rating
Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£715-£1459

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Arbigland Farm Cottages - Skylark Lodge

4 star rating

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£23038

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Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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