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.

Park View Cottage

4 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£489-£955

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£955

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

Spoutwells - The Bullpen

5 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£765

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£765

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

Hameish Holiday Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£915

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£915

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

Crofts Cottages - Marwhin Cottage

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£1049

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Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£1049

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

Allanton Mill Cottage

4 star rating

Auldgirth near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£308-£669

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Auldgirth near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£308-£669

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

West Mains Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkinner, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£339-£809

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Kirkinner, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£339-£809

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

Kirkennan Lodge

3 star rating

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£410-£1010

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Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£410-£1010

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

Harbour Retreat

4 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£1218

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£1218

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

The Cottage @ Castle Sinniness

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£469-£1009

4 star rating
Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£469-£1009

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

Whitecroft - Rose Cottage

4 star rating

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£349-£865

4 star rating
Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£865

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

Pebble Cottage

4 star rating

Port William, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£739

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Port William, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£739

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

Hill Cottage

4 star rating

Port Logan near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£375-£845

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Port Logan near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£845

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Hangingshaw Farm Cottages - Grouse Cottage

0 star rating

Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£375-£839

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Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£839

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

Waulkmill Cottage

4 star rating

Carronbridge near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£335-£679

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Carronbridge near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£679

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

Drumwall - Beth’s Bothy

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£445-£741

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£741

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