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.

Hillend Guest Cottage

3 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£284-£538

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£284-£538

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

Olafs Cottage

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£274-£809

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£274-£809

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

Birchlea Lodge

4 star rating

Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£414-£1105

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Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£414-£1105

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

Maidenholm - Waterwheel

3 star rating

Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£264-£519

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£264-£519

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

Hilltop

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£288-£755

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£288-£755

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

Rosehearty

3 star rating

New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£268-£538

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New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£268-£538

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

Alma Cottage

0 star rating

Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£318-£668

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Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£318-£668

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

Callander’s

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£374-£909

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£374-£909

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

Clarksburn

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Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£381-£924

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Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£381-£924

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Driftwood

4 star rating

Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1034-£1899

4 star rating
Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1034-£1899

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

Townhead Mill

4 star rating

Thornhill, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£318-£919

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Thornhill, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£318-£919

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

Mains of Auchenfranco

4 star rating

Lochfoot near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£370-£809

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Lochfoot near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£370-£809

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

Bothy Cottage

3 star rating

Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£344-£989

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Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£344-£989

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

Riverside Cottage

4 star rating

Boreland, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£414-£945

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Boreland, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£414-£945

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

Tign An Uruisge

4 star rating

Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£324-£875

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Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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£324-£875

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