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 Duchy

5 star rating

near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£515-£1275

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near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£515-£1275

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

Maidenholm - Anvil

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£315-£535

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£535

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

Clauchan Farm - The Stable

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near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£449-£755

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near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£755

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

Old Port Store

5 star rating

Stairhaven, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£669-£1729

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Stairhaven, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£669-£1729

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 0

The Loft

3 star rating

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£268-£530

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Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£268-£530

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

Willow

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£639-£1019

5 star rating
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£639-£1019

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

Auchenhill Lodge

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£440-£730

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£440-£730

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

Perch Hall Cottage

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Johnston Bridge, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£489-£1089

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Johnston Bridge, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£1089

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

Fairview

4 star rating

Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£645-£1555

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Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£645-£1555

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

Arkland Mill

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£1129

4 star rating
Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£1129

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

Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Islay

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£689-£869

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£689-£869

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

Craigcaffie Tower

4 star rating

Innermessan, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£799-£1645

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Innermessan, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£799-£1645

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

Endeavour’s End

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£339-£795

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£339-£795

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

River Cottage

4 star rating

Bladnoch near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£339-£835

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Bladnoch near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£339-£835

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

The White House

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£409-£1155

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£409-£1155

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