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.

Seaside Retreat

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£255-£535

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£255-£535

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

Garden Cottage

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Carsluith, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£518-£669

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Carsluith, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£518-£669

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

The White House

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£379-£1155

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£379-£1155

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

Allanhead

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Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£414-£930

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Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£414-£930

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

Riverdale

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£335-£749

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£749

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

Cleughbrae Cottage

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Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£459-£999

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Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£459-£999

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

Hawthorn Cottage

4 star rating

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£469-£915

4 star rating
Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£469-£915

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

Creachan

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Port William, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£405-£785

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Port William, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£785

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

Dalnigap

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New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£425-£705

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New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£705

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Kirkbride Farmhouse

4 star rating

Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£459-£999

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Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£459-£999

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

The Dairy House

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Near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£375-£939

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Near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£939

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

Craigcaffie Tower

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Innermessan, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£775-£1579

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Innermessan, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£775-£1579

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

5 Tannery Brae

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£479

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£479

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

Brae Cottage

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Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£369-£885

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Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£885

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

Lochhill Bungalow

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New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£535-£1509

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New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£535-£1509

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