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.

Park Cottage

4 star rating

Dunragit, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£315-£655

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Dunragit, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£655

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Jasmine Cottage

4 star rating

Collin, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£445-£1075

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Collin, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£1075

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 0

Slockmill Farmhouse

4 star rating

Near Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£639-£1499

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Near Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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£639-£1499

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

Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Islay

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

Lilac Cottage

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£285-£639

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£285-£639

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

Maidenholm - Forge Mill Cottage

3 star rating

Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£399-£399

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£399

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Skye

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£589-£759

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£589-£759

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

Hill Cottage

4 star rating

Port Logan near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£335-£845

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Port Logan near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£845

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Garden Cottage

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Carsluith, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£518-£929

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Carsluith, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£518-£929

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

Riverside Cottage

4 star rating

Boreland, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£939

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Boreland, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£939

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

Stranit

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Kelton, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£255-£645

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Kelton, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£255-£645

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

Martha’s Shore Cottage

4 star rating

Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£449-£1089

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Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£1089

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

The Old Sunday School

4 star rating

Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£779

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Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£779

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

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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£445-£1109

4 star rating
Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£1109

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

The Cottage

4 star rating

Glenmidge, Auldgirth, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£669

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Glenmidge, Auldgirth, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£669

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