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.

Cree Valley Lodges - Willow Lodge

4 star rating

Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£495-£1049

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Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£1049

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

Waverley

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£429-£945

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£429-£945

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

Silver Birch

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£635-£1365

5 star rating
Gatehouse of Fleet, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£635-£1365

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

3 Castlebank

5 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

5 star rating
Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£0

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

Hill View

4 star rating

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£939

4 star rating
Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£939

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

2 North Barnkirk

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£385-£695

4 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£695

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

Woodsedge

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Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£360-£825

3 star rating
Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£360-£825

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Lochhill Bungalow

4 star rating

New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£539-£1509

4 star rating
New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£539-£1509

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Up Yonder

5 star rating

Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£805-£1225

5 star rating
Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£805-£1225

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

Culmore Bridge Cottages - Rowan Cottage

4 star rating

Sandhead, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£540-£785

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Sandhead, Dumfries & Galloway

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£540-£785

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

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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£449-£845

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Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£845

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

Liftingstane Farmhouse

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£725-£1449

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£725-£1449

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

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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£375-£1225

4 star rating
Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£1225

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

Campdouglas Cottage

4 star rating

Glenlochar, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£449-£865

4 star rating
Glenlochar, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£865

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

Bengali

4 star rating

Ringford, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£515-£1329

4 star rating
Ringford, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£515-£1329

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