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.

Trebor Cottage

4 star rating

Annan, near Carlisle, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£469-£899

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Annan, near Carlisle, Dumfries & Galloway

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£469-£899

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

Dunskey Estate - Wild Geese Lodge

5 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£1025-£1655

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1025-£1655

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Abbey Cottage

3 star rating

New Abbey, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£359-£969

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New Abbey, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£969

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

Whitecroft - Rose Cottage

4 star rating

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£1225

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£1225

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

Ardencaple No 2

3 star rating

Arden Caple, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£319-£719

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Arden Caple, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£719

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

Kirklauchline Cottage

4 star rating

Stoneykirk, near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£785

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Stoneykirk, near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£785

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

Roughhills Cottage

4 star rating

Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£725-£2075

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Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£725-£2075

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Caerlaverock Cottages - Bankswood Cottage

4 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£555-£1426

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£555-£1426

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

Albion House

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£959-£3319

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£959-£3319

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 6 Pets: 2

Arkland Mill

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£385-£1765

4 star rating
Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£1765

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Culmore Bridge Cottages - Willow Cottage

4 star rating

Sandhead, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£565-£735

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Sandhead, Dumfries & Galloway

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£565-£735

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

Drumwall - Beth’s Bothy

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£589-£1092

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£589-£1092

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

Kirsty Cottage

4 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£315-£759

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£759

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

Burnfoot of Cluden

4 star rating

Holywood, by Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 16
  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£949-£2725

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Holywood, by Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£949-£2725

Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Gilnockie

4 star rating

Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£605-£1279

4 star rating
Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£605-£1279

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