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.

Arbigland Farms - Powillimount Cottage

3 star rating

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£502-£968

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Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£502-£968

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

Scaurbrae Cottage

4 star rating

Speddoch near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£685

4 star rating
Speddoch near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£685

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

Winloma

0 star rating

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£799

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£799

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

Eastpark Farmhouse

3 star rating

Caerlaverock, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£905-£2509

3 star rating
Caerlaverock, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£905-£2509

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 0

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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£919-£2255

4 star rating
Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£919-£2255

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

Hillcroft

4 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£476-£770

4 star rating
Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£476-£770

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

Rose Cottage

4 star rating

Crocketford, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£519-£1475

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

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£519-£1475

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

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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£765-£1415

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£765-£1415

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

Mews Lane Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£555-£679

4 star rating
Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£555-£679

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

Kipp Paddock - Bluebell Lodge

4 star rating

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£399-£945

4 star rating
Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£945

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

Creachan

0 star rating

Port William, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

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Port William, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

Tha Butchach

3 star rating

New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£565

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New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£565

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

The Barn

0 star rating

Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 0
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£329-£725

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Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

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£329-£725

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

Crofts Cottages - Marwhin House

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£399-£1115

4 star rating
Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£1115

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

The Hayloft

3 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£299-£579

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£299-£579

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