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.

Holmhill Steading Cottage

4 star rating

Thornhill, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£319-£749

4 star rating
Thornhill, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£749

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

The Granary

3 star rating

Near Kirkinner, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£349-£525

3 star rating
Near Kirkinner, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£525

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

Carse Cottage

4 star rating

Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£385-£759

4 star rating
Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£759

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

Holly Cottage

3 star rating

Colvend, near Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£359-£969

3 star rating
Colvend, near Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£969

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

Beuchan Farm - Beuchan Bungalow

3 star rating

Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£315-£695

3 star rating
Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£695

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Ardmhor

4 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1025-£2539

4 star rating
Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1025-£2539

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Skye

0 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£0

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

Liftingstane - Liftingstane Cottage

5 star rating

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£445-£909

5 star rating
Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£909

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

Heatherview Cottage

4 star rating

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£385-£615

4 star rating
Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£615

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Sanderling

5 star rating

Port o’Warren, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£549-£1339

5 star rating
Port o’Warren, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£549-£1339

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

Airyhemming Farm

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£765-£2135

4 star rating
Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£765-£2135

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Caerlaverock Cottages - Fisherman Cottage

3 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£929

3 star rating
Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£929

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

West Barr Cottage

4 star rating

near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£455-£905

4 star rating
near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£455-£905

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

Limelea

0 star rating

Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£375-£1015

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Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£1015

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

River View

0 star rating

Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£439-£1049

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Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£439-£1049

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