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.

Scaurbrae Cottage

4 star rating

Speddoch near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£385-£819

4 star rating
Speddoch near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£819

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

Clauchan Farm - The Stable

3 star rating

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£465-£759

3 star rating
near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£465-£759

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

Tystie Cottage

4 star rating

Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£319-£1175

4 star rating
Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£1175

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

Blaeberry Cottage

3 star rating

Near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£445-£1089

3 star rating
Near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£1089

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

Kilmark Bothy

5 star rating

Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1555-£1555

5 star rating
Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1555-£1555

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

Clauchan Farm - Valley View

3 star rating

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£465-£759

3 star rating
near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£465-£759

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

Driftwood

4 star rating

Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£989-£2045

4 star rating
Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£989-£2045

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

Carse Cottage

4 star rating

Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£835

4 star rating
Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£835

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

Kipp Away

4 star rating

Kippford, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£465-£865

4 star rating
Kippford, Dumfries & Galloway

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£465-£865

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

Cree Valley Lodges - Willow Lodge

5 star rating

Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£685-£1075

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Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£685-£1075

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

Culmore Bridge Cottages - Rowan Cottage

4 star rating

Sandhead, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£565-£735

4 star rating
Sandhead, Dumfries & Galloway

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£565-£735

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

The Carriage

3 star rating

Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£465-£845

3 star rating
Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£465-£845

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

Woodview

4 star rating

Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£719-£985

4 star rating
Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

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£719-£985

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

Loch Doon Cottage

4 star rating

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£469-£895

4 star rating
Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£469-£895

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

Lochhill Bungalow

4 star rating

New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£695-£1575

4 star rating
New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£695-£1575

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