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 - West Lodge

4 star rating

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£497-£23039

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Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£497-£23039

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

Larch House, Meikle Ernambrie

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£640-£1420

4 star rating
Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£640-£1420

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Garlies Lodge

0 star rating

Gentrool, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£505-£1565

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Gentrool, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£1565

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

Bruce Cottage

3 star rating

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£239-£585

3 star rating
Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£239-£585

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

Albion House

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£879-£2489

4 star rating
Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£879-£2489

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

Bonshawside Farmhouse

0 star rating

Kirtlebridge, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£335-£745

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Kirtlebridge, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£745

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Lapstone Cottage

3 star rating

Mouswald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 3

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£305-£685

3 star rating
Mouswald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£685

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 3

Waterside Cottage

0 star rating

Gibbhill near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£356-£930

0 star rating
Gibbhill near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£356-£930

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Creebank

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£489-£949

4 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£949

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Gardener’s Cottage

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£1039

4 star rating
Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£1039

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

Granary

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£935

5 star rating
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£935

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

Shore Cottage

4 star rating

Carsluith near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£385-£859

4 star rating
Carsluith near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£859

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

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-£23039

3 star rating
Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£502-£23039

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

Maidenholm - Waterwheel

3 star rating

Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£275-£519

3 star rating
Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£275-£519

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

Cogsfoot Cottage

4 star rating

Crawick, near Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£499-£1269

4 star rating
Crawick, near Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

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£499-£1269

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1