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.

Lochenkit Farmhouse

4 star rating

Corsock, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£479-£1959

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Corsock, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£479-£1959

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

Mountain Cross

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£549-£1605

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£549-£1605

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

Riverside Cottages - Waterside Cottage

4 star rating

Sanquhar, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£654-£791

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Sanquhar, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£654-£791

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

Cochrane House

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£485-£1339

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£485-£1339

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Cairndarroch

4 star rating

Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£965

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£965

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

Claremont

4 star rating

Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£409-£1305

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Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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£409-£1305

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

The Bungalow

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£1129

4 star rating
Gatehouse of Fleet, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£1129

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

Barncailzie Lodge

4 star rating

Springholm near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£1175

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Springholm near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£1175

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

Rosehearty

3 star rating

New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£375-£615

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New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£615

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

The Cottage at Waulkmill

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Westerkirk, near Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£809

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Westerkirk, near Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£809

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

Kirkbride Farmhouse

4 star rating

Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£519-£1099

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Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£519-£1099

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Smithy House

4 star rating

Carrutherstown, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 9
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£779-£779

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Carrutherstown, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£779-£779

Sleeps: 9 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Cree Valley Lodges - Cree Lodge

5 star rating

Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£739-£1195

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Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£739-£1195

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

Whispering Trees

4 star rating

Moniaive, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£569-£1089

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Moniaive, Dumfries & Galloway

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£569-£1089

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

Fairview

4 star rating

Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£659-£1869

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Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£659-£1869

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