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.

Mid Bishopton Farm Cottages - Mid Bishopton Cottage

4 star rating

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£555-£985

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£555-£985

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Drumwall - Galloway View

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£426-£894

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£426-£894

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High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: The Byre

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£379-£779

4 star rating
Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£379-£779

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

Old Glenstocken

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Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£440-£1138

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Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

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£440-£1138

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Portamaggie Cottage

4 star rating

Killantringam, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£709-£1009

4 star rating
Killantringam, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£709-£1009

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

The Dairy House

4 star rating

Near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£459-£939

4 star rating
Near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£459-£939

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Tystie Cottage

4 star rating

Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£339-£799

4 star rating
Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£339-£799

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

Craigieburn

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Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£615-£1459

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Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£615-£1459

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

Harbour Side View

3 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£445-£930

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£930

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

Hilltop

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£645

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£645

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Nith House

4 star rating

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£475-£1139

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Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£1139

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Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Stables Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£350-£770

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£350-£770

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

Kipp Paddock - Laurel Lodge

3 star rating

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£385-£825

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£825

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

Caerlaverock Cottages - Keepers Cottage

4 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£439-£1069

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£439-£1069

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

Craig Hall

4 star rating

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£405-£839

4 star rating
Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£839

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