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.

Gilchristland Cottage

3 star rating

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£299-£689

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£299-£689

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

Muirhead Cottage

0 star rating

Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£315-£859

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Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£859

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

Shore Cottage

3 star rating

Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean near Dalbeattie , Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£23038

3 star rating
Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean near Dalbeattie , Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£23038

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

West Lodge Cally Estate

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£385-£926

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£926

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

Whitecroft - Rose Cottage

0 star rating

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£289-£839

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£289-£839

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

Craigadam Lodge

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£475-£1145

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£1145

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

Glen Isle

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£391-£930

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£391-£930

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

Mains of Auchenfranco

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Lochfoot near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£332-£810

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Lochfoot near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£332-£810

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

Silver Dee

4 star rating

Crossmichael, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£435-£879

4 star rating
Crossmichael, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£435-£879

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

Ancrum House

4 star rating

Gretna Green , Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£1479-£1519

4 star rating
Gretna Green , Dumfries & Galloway

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£1479-£1519

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 0

Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Garden Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£535-£23039

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£535-£23039

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

The Dairy House

3 star rating

Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£399-£769

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Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£769

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 0

Harbour Retreat

4 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£495-£909

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£909

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

Southcliff House

4 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

Lighthouse View

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Kirkcolm, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£699

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Kirkcolm, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£699

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