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

3 star rating

Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean near Dalbeattie , Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£793-£1331

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Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean near Dalbeattie , Dumfries & Galloway

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£793-£1331

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

The Hayloft

3 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£599

3 star rating
Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£599

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Craigadam Lodge

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£549-£1319

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£549-£1319

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

Drumbain - Little Beach

5 star rating

Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£515-£755

5 star rating
Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£515-£755

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

Pleacairn Cottage

4 star rating

Dalton, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£299-£675

4 star rating
Dalton, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£299-£675

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

Beckhead

4 star rating

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£504-£1228

4 star rating
Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£504-£1228

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Kilfillan Cottage

3 star rating

Garlieston, near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£699

3 star rating
Garlieston, near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£699

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

Alpine Lodge

4 star rating

Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£585-£925

4 star rating
Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£585-£925

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

Clauchan Farm - The Bothy

3 star rating

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£329-£525

3 star rating
near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£329-£525

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

Seascape

4 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£525-£865

4 star rating
Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£525-£865

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

West Auchensheen

4 star rating

Colvend near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£805

4 star rating
Colvend near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£805

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

Burnbank

3 star rating

Kirkgunzeon, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£289-£949

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Kirkgunzeon, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£289-£949

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

High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: Heron View

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£589-£1119

4 star rating
Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£589-£1119

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

Mains of Auchenfranco

4 star rating

Lochfoot near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£839

4 star rating
Lochfoot near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£839

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

Glenbank

4 star rating

Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£335-£849

4 star rating
Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£849

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