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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£515-£1049

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Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£515-£1049

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Minnow Cottage

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Minnigaff, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£289-£585

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Minnigaff, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£289-£585

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River Cottage

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Bladnoch near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£725

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Bladnoch near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£725

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

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

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Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£360-£825

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

Caerlaverock Cottages - Fisherman Cottage

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£995

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£995

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

Albion House

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1089-£2659

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1089-£2659

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 6 Pets: 2

Halleaths Home Farm

4 star rating

Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£539-£1359

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Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway

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£539-£1359

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Burnside

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Rigg, near Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£285-£805

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Rigg, near Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway

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£285-£805

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

Loch View

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Colvend, near Kippford, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£1095

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Colvend, near Kippford, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£1095

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

Woodburn

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Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£705-£845

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Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

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£705-£845

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

Mill Loch Cottage

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Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£255-£615

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Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway

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£255-£615

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

Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Nook

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£591

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£591

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

Strathmaddie Farm Cottage

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Palnure by Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£945

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Palnure by Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£945

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

Saffron

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer , Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£709-£2025

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer , Dumfries & Galloway

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£709-£2025

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

Home Farm

4 star rating

Dunragit near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£0-£864

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Dunragit near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£864

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0