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.

Shore Cottage

4 star rating

Carsluith near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£1015

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Carsluith near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£1015

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

Ewes Schoolhouse

4 star rating

Near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£555-£1635

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Near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

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£555-£1635

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

Woodsedge

3 star rating

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£397-£901

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Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£397-£901

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Palmallet Cottage

4 star rating

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£364-£845

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Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£364-£845

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

Netherthird

4 star rating

Kelton, near Kirkudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1425-£2675

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Kelton, near Kirkudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1425-£2675

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

Moyle

4 star rating

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£595-£1055

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£595-£1055

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

Auchen Ladder

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Amisfield, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£845-£1579

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Amisfield, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£845-£1579

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Drumwall - Annabelle’s Den

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£589-£959

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£589-£959

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

Meggerland

4 star rating

Kirkandrews, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£609-£1005

4 star rating
Kirkandrews, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£609-£1005

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

Lochenkit Farmhouse

4 star rating

Corsock, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£485-£1959

4 star rating
Corsock, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£485-£1959

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

Riverside Cottages - Riverside Cottage

4 star rating

Sanquhar, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£898-£1020

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Sanquhar, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£898-£1020

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

Baltersan Farm - Brick Cottage No. 1

4 star rating

Baltersan, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£469-£1029

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Baltersan, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£469-£1029

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

Criffel Lodge

3 star rating

Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£995

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Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£995

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

Melvin Lodge Apartments - Antrim Coastline View

3 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£655-£1105

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£655-£1105

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

The Hayloft

3 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£269-£569

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£269-£569

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