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.

Redcastle Mill

3 star rating

Haugh of Urr, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£385-£915

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Haugh of Urr, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£915

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

Knock School Cottage

3 star rating

Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£289-£579

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Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£289-£579

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

The Belltower

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£405-£885

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£885

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

Cogsfoot Cottage

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Crawick, near Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£509-£1309

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Crawick, near Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

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£509-£1309

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

Williamwood

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Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£724-£2200

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Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£724-£2200

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

Claremont

4 star rating

Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£1009

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Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£1009

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

The Barn

3 star rating

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£549

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Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£549

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

Smallholm Steading

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Hightae, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£509-£829

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Hightae, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£509-£829

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

Hawthorn Cottage

4 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£519-£1485

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£519-£1485

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 0

Hidden Hideaway at Low Glengyre

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Ervie, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£605-£1489

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Ervie, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£605-£1489

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

Closeburn Castle

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1039-£1165

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1039-£1165

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

Gilnockie

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Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£575-£1195

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Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£575-£1195

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

Cairnside Cottage

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Kirkcolm, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£725

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Kirkcolm, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£725

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

Chippermore Cottage

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£375-£649

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£649

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

Ramerish Retreat

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Laurieston, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£655-£1155

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Laurieston, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£655-£1155

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