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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£535-£1255

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near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£535-£1255

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

Sea-esta

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£319-£645

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£645

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Roughhills Cottage

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Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£615-£1705

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Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£615-£1705

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

Lochenkit Farmhouse

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Corsock, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£555-£1455

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Corsock, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£555-£1455

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

Grey Craig

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Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£612-£1336

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Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£612-£1336

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

Maggie’s Den

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£515-£1025

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£515-£1025

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

Seaside Retreat

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£255-£535

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£255-£535

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Ettrick Cottage

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£335-£669

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£669

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

Airyhemming - Kelbrook

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£669-£1555

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£669-£1555

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

Firth Lodge

4 star rating

Southerness, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£435-£969

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Southerness, Dumfries & Galloway

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£435-£969

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

Lochhill Bungalow

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New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£629-£1509

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New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£629-£1509

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

Glendower Apartment

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Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£345-£625

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Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£625

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

Buckle House

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£1025

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Gatehouse of Fleet, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£1025

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

Changue Farmhouse

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near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£1125-£2959

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near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1125-£2959

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Pets: 1

Williamwood

4 star rating

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£710-£1984

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Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£710-£1984

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