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.

Sanderling

5 star rating

Port o’Warren, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£569-£1339

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Port o’Warren, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£569-£1339

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

Airyhemming Dairy

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£385-£985

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£985

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

Firth Lodge

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Southerness, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£379-£1075

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Southerness, Dumfries & Galloway

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£379-£1075

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Campdouglas Cottage

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Glenlochar, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£449-£895

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Glenlochar, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£895

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Pebble Cottage

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Port William, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£385-£829

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Port William, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£829

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

Craig Hall

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£519-£869

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£519-£869

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

Townhead Mill

4 star rating

Thornhill, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£339-£359

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Thornhill, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£339-£359

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

Old Port Store

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Stairhaven, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
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£655-£1745

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Stairhaven, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£655-£1745

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

The Old Sunday School

4 star rating

Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£505-£795

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Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£795

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

Maidenholm - Anvil

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£325-£555

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£555

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

Cordorcan Cottages - Wee Cordorcan

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Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£325-£699

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Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£699

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

Bayshiel

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Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£565-£965

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Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£565-£965

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

Low Isle House

4 star rating

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£329-£329

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£329-£329

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

Heatherview Cottage

4 star rating

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£355-£675

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Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£675

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

Barley Cottage

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£655

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£655

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