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.

Williamwood

4 star rating

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£724-£1984

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Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£724-£1984

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

Drumwall - Fleet View

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£810-£1140

5 star rating
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£810-£1140

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

Quarter Acre House

5 star rating

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£755-£1335

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£755-£1335

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

Blink Bonnie

3 star rating

Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£375-£1459

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Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£1459

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

The Duchy

5 star rating

near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£525-£1399

5 star rating
near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£525-£1399

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

Ballochrae

4 star rating

Kirkcowan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£595-£800

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Kirkcowan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£595-£800

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

Park Cottage

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£809-£1689

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£809-£1689

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Cot Cottage

4 star rating

Ringford, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1475-£3739

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

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£1475-£3739

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

The Old Constabulary

4 star rating

Mainsriddle, near Dumfries , Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£519-£1009

4 star rating
Mainsriddle, near Dumfries , Dumfries & Galloway

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£519-£1009

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

Culmore Bridge Cotttages - Pine Cottage

4 star rating

Sandhead, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£540-£785

4 star rating
Sandhead, Dumfries & Galloway

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£540-£785

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

Military Drive - 8 Military Drive

4 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1055-£2135

4 star rating
Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1055-£2135

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

Crofts Cottages - Marwhin Cottage

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£1049

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Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£1049

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

Cairnside Cottage

3 star rating

Kirkcolm, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£319-£725

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Kirkcolm, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£725

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

Summerlea Cottage

4 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£405-£849

4 star rating
Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£849

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

Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Stables Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£674-£1046

4 star rating
Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£674-£1046

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