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.

Diamonds Laggan

5 star rating

Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1049-£2005

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Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1049-£2005

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

Southcliff House

4 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1349-£1369

4 star rating
Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1349-£1369

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

Rhonepark Steading

3 star rating

Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£405-£1009

3 star rating
Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£1009

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

Liftingstane - Liftingstane Dairy Cottage

5 star rating

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£399-£889

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£889

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

Halliday Hill Cottage

3 star rating

Dalton near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£375-£649

3 star rating
Dalton near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£649

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Halleaths Home Farm

4 star rating

Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£539-£1249

4 star rating
Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway

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£539-£1249

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Larroch Farmhouse

4 star rating

Near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£805-£1579

4 star rating
Near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£805-£1579

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 0

Forest Lodge

3 star rating

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£465-£689

3 star rating
Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£465-£689

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

Hillend Guest Cottage

3 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£279-£485

3 star rating
Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£279-£485

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

Quiet

4 star rating

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£295-£635

4 star rating
Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£295-£635

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

Dumbretton Cottage

3 star rating

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£549

3 star rating
Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£549

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

Arkland Mill

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£1219

4 star rating
Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£1219

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

Rockcliffe

3 star rating

Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£339-£849

3 star rating
Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£339-£849

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

Merrymeet Chalet

3 star rating

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£946

3 star rating
Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£946

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

Up Yonder

5 star rating

Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£595-£1259

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Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£595-£1259

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