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.

Spring Tide

4 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£719

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£719

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

Arbigland Farms - Powillimount Cottage

3 star rating

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£591-£962

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Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£591-£962

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

Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Old Smiddy

4 star rating

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£275-£475

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£275-£475

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

Hangingshaw Farm Cottages - Mallard Cottage

4 star rating

Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£835

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Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£835

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

Criffel Lodge

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Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£819

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Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£819

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

Drumwall - Galloway View

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£455-£1119

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£455-£1119

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

The Bothy

5 star rating

Upper Dinvin, near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£419-£985

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Upper Dinvin, near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£985

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

Waulkmill Cottage

4 star rating

Carronbridge near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£809

4 star rating
Carronbridge near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£809

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

Forest Lodge

3 star rating

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£460-£689

3 star rating
Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£460-£689

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

River View

4 star rating

Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£449-£955

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Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£955

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

Swallows

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Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£439-£975

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Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£439-£975

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

Arbigland Farm Cottages - Curlew Lodge

4 star rating

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£591-£951

4 star rating
Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£591-£951

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

Hilltop

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£795

4 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

Culquhasen

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Newton Stewart, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£489-£1455

3 star rating
Newton Stewart, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£1455

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

Silver Dee

4 star rating

Crossmichael, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

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Crossmichael, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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