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.

Halliday Hill Cottage

3 star rating

Dalton near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£370-£649

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Dalton near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£370-£649

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Fairview

4 star rating

Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£589-£1515

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Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£589-£1515

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

Glenbank

4 star rating

Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£889

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£889

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

Roughhills Cottage

4 star rating

Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£589-£1719

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Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£589-£1719

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

Little Boreland

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 9
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£499-£1219

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£499-£1219

Sleeps: 9 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

The Loft

3 star rating

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£340-£549

3 star rating
Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£340-£549

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

River Cottage

4 star rating

Bladnoch near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£789

4 star rating
Bladnoch near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£789

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

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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£595-£899

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£595-£899

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

The Byre Cottage

4 star rating

Cannee, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£375-£915

4 star rating
Cannee, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£915

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

Drumwall - Annabelle’s Den

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£527-£827

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£527-£827

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

West Lodge Cally Estate

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£890

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£890

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

Drumwall - Jack’s Hideaway

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£502-£741

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£502-£741

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

Driftwood

4 star rating

Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£995-£2085

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Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£995-£2085

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

Rosehearty

3 star rating

New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£549

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New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£549

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

Minnow Cottage

4 star rating

Minnigaff, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£289-£615

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Minnigaff, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£289-£615

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