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.

Quarter Acre House

5 star rating

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£679-£1289

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£679-£1289

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

The Duchy

5 star rating

near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£515-£1255

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near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£515-£1255

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

Bengairn

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Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£959

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Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£959

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

Caerlaverock Cottages - Blossom Cottage

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£454-£1225

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£454-£1225

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

Strathmaddie Farm Cottage

4 star rating

Palnure by Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£353-£975

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Palnure by Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£353-£975

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

Kirkennan Lodge

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Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£420-£970

3 star rating
Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£420-£970

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

The Old School

0 star rating

Auchenmalg, Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£405-£605

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Auchenmalg, Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£605

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Knockkennoch 2

4 star rating

Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£705-£819

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Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

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£705-£819

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

Merrymeet Chalet

3 star rating

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£1015

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Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£1015

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

Squirrels’ Chase

3 star rating

Barend Holiday Village, Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£475-£1000

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Barend Holiday Village, Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£1000

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Fourwinds

4 star rating

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£279-£709

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£279-£709

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

Holmhill Steading Cottage

4 star rating

Thornhill, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£725

4 star rating
Thornhill, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£725

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

Barclye Cottage

4 star rating

Near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£449-£859

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Near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£859

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

Peace

4 star rating

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£285-£775

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Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£285-£775

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

Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - Bartaggart Farmhouse

4 star rating

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£665-£1629

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£665-£1629

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