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 Lookout

5 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£526-£1059

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£526-£1059

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

High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: Robin’s Nest

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£0-£1569

4 star rating
Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£1569

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Glen Ae

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Wanlockhead, near Biggar, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

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Wanlockhead, near Biggar, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£0

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

Waulkmill Cottage

4 star rating

Carronbridge near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£785

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Carronbridge near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£785

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

Mid Bishopton Farm Cottages - Cotters Cottage

4 star rating

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£489-£1025

4 star rating
Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£1025

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

Cedar Lodge

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£745

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£745

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

Barnhill Bothy

3 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£379-£659

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£379-£659

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

Butterhole Cottage

3 star rating

Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£799

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Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£799

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

High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: The Byre

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£595-£899

4 star rating
Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£595-£899

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

Gardener’s Cottage

4 star rating

Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£495-£735

4 star rating
Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£735

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

The Barn

3 star rating

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£340-£549

3 star rating
Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£340-£549

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

Olafs Cottage

3 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£419-£869

3 star rating
Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£869

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

Maidenholm - Anvil

3 star rating

Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£555

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£555

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

Glendower Apartment

3 star rating

Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£645

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Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£645

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

Killantrae Burn

5 star rating

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£545-£919

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£545-£919

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