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.

Caerlaverock Cottages - Fisherman Cottage

3 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£294-£895

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£294-£895

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

Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Garden Cottage

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£534-£23038

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£534-£23038

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

Williamwood

4 star rating

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£659-£1839

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Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£659-£1839

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

Glasnick Smithy

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Kirkcowan, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£384-£669

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Kirkcowan, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£384-£669

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

Manse Cottage

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Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£234-£529

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Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£234-£529

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

Hidden Hideaway at Low Glengyre

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Ervie, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£574-£1521

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Ervie, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£574-£1521

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

Bonshawside Farmhouse

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Kirtlebridge, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£334-£745

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Kirtlebridge, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£334-£745

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

Annan House

4 star rating

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£424-£1139

4 star rating
Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£424-£1139

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

Roseburn Cottage

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£258-£604

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£258-£604

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

Dye Mill Cottage

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£254-£459

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£254-£459

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

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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£264-£709

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Rigg, near Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway

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£264-£709

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

Pleacairn Cottage

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Dalton, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£248-£645

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Dalton, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£248-£645

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

Gardener’s Cottage

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£334-£1039

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Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£334-£1039

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

Auchenbrae Stables

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near Glenluce and Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£275-£545

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near Glenluce and Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£275-£545

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

Squirrels’ Chase

3 star rating

Barend Holiday Village, Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£474-£999

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Barend Holiday Village, Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

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£474-£999

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1