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.

Little Cottage

4 star rating

Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£735

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Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£735

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

The Hayloft

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£299-£579

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£299-£579

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

Brae Cottage

3 star rating

Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£369-£1025

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Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£1025

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

The Apartment at Holmpark

3 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£399-£699

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£699

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

Shore Cottage

3 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£433-£433

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£433-£433

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

The Garden Studio

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£685

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£685

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

Kipp Paddock - Laurel Lodge

3 star rating

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£359-£975

3 star rating
Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£975

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

Old Glenstocken

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Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£607-£877

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Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

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£607-£877

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

Portamaggie Cottage

4 star rating

Killantringam, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£665-£985

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Killantringam, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£665-£985

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

Rockcliffe

3 star rating

Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£339-£805

3 star rating
Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£339-£805

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

Cottfield House

0 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£1824

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£1824

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

The Granary

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Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£519-£549

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Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£519-£549

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

Seaside Retreat

3 star rating

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£225-£545

3 star rating
Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£225-£545

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

Waterside Cottage

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Newbie near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£1031

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Newbie near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£1031

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

Knockkennoch 2

4 star rating

Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£569-£875

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Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

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£569-£875

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