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.

Military Drive - 4 Military Drive

4 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£875-£2065

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£875-£2065

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

Craigadam Lodge

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£529-£1319

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£529-£1319

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

Pottery Cottage

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Lochans, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£565-£795

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Lochans, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£565-£795

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

The Hen Hoose

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Nether Barr, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£239-£505

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Nether Barr, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£239-£505

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

Kinvara

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£825-£1885

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£825-£1885

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Portside Cottage

3 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£370-£730

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£370-£730

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

The Old Sunday School

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Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£779

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Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£779

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

Rocky Knowe

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£615-£915

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£615-£915

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

Stable Cottage

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£339-£739

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Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£339-£739

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

Ardmhor

4 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1075-£2629

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1075-£2629

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Harbour Row - Gigha

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£348-£835

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£348-£835

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

Coachman’s Cottage

4 star rating

Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£835

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Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£835

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

Birchlea Lodge

4 star rating

Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

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Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

Harbour Row - Jura

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£328-£799

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£328-£799

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

Seascape and Sea Rise Cottages - Sea Rise

4 star rating

Southerness, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£679-£1525

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Southerness, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£679-£1525

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