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.

Liftingstane Farmhouse

5 star rating

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£729-£1425

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£729-£1425

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 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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£1469-£3739

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

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£1469-£3739

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

Swallows

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Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£485-£1025

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Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£485-£1025

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

The Steading at Nabny

4 star rating

Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£749

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Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£749

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

Beachcomber Lodge

4 star rating

Southerness, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£535-£1049

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Southerness, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£535-£1049

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

Driftwood

4 star rating

Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£995-£1939

4 star rating
Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£995-£1939

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Allanhead

3 star rating

Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£425-£965

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Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£965

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Ewes Schoolhouse

4 star rating

Near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway , Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£489-£1255

4 star rating
Near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway , Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£1255

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Garden Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£622-£1330

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£622-£1330

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

Newfield Cottage

4 star rating

Borgue, by Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£405-£745

4 star rating
Borgue, by Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£745

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

Grey Craig

4 star rating

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£569-£1336

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Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£569-£1336

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

Caerlaverock Cottages - Hollins Cottage

4 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£849

4 star rating
Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£849

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

Glenhoul Brae

4 star rating

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£749-£1549

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Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£749-£1549

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Willow

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£609-£1055

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£609-£1055

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

Roseburn Cottage

4 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£609

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£609

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