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.

Erin View

4 star rating

Glenluce near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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Glenluce near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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Squirrel Cottage

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Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£475-£745

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Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£745

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

Lagafater Lodge

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New Luce, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
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£1839-£3419

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New Luce, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1839-£3419

Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 10 Bathrooms: 5 Pets: 0

Cedar Lodge

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£355-£745

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£745

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

The Bungalow

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Gatehouse of Fleet, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£429-£1129

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Gatehouse of Fleet, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£429-£1129

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

Martha’s Shore Cottage

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Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
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£479-£1119

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Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£479-£1119

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

Roseburn Cottage

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£289-£669

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£289-£669

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Callander’s

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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  • Number of Pets: 2

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£419-£1015

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£1015

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Ernglass

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Drumstinshall, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£359-£679

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Drumstinshall, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£679

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

Curlew Cottage

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Creetown, near Newton Stewart , Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£349-£849

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Creetown, near Newton Stewart , Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£849

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Shore Cottage

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Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£435-£975

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Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£435-£975

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

Cochrane House

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£385-£945

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£945

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Newfield Cottage

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Borgue, by Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£750

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Borgue, by Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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Nith House

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Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£0-£986

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Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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Craigcaffie Tower

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Innermessan, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£1497

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Innermessan, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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