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.

Violet Grove

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£775

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£775

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

Squirrels’ Chase

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Barend Holiday Village, Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£475-£1000

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Barend Holiday Village, Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£1000

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

Blue Door

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£729-£1069

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£729-£1069

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

The Carriage

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Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£399-£769

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Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£769

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

The Garden Studio

4 star rating

Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£655

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£655

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

Blair Terrace

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£719-£1589

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£719-£1589

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

Riverside

3 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£825

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£825

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

Hangingshaw Farm Cottages - Partridge House

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Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£439-£949

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Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£439-£949

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

Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - Bartaggart Farmhouse

4 star rating

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£625-£1399

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£625-£1399

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Bengali

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Ringford, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£455-£1205

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Ringford, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£455-£1205

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

Little Cottage

4 star rating

Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£385-£735

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Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£735

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

Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Bute

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£689-£869

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£689-£869

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Glenhowl Lodge

4 star rating

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£409-£1005

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Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£409-£1005

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

Old Glenstocken

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Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£440-£1062

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Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

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£440-£1062

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

Woodside

4 star rating

Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£349-£775

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Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£775

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