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.

Drumwall - Jack’s Hideaway

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£505-£708

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£708

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Whitecroft - Myrtle Cottage

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£345-£695

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£695

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

The Dairy House

3 star rating

Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
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£399-£769

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Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£769

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

Crofts Cottages - Marwhin House

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£425-£1149

4 star rating
Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£1149

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

Harbour Cottage

4 star rating

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£374-£1025

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£374-£1025

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Glenhowl Lodge

4 star rating

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£409-£1009

4 star rating
Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£409-£1009

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

Woodburn

4 star rating

Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£445-£810

4 star rating
Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£810

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River View

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Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£319-£669

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Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£669

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Knockkennoch 1

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Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£419-£869

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Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£869

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

Gardener’s Cottage

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£419-£1039

4 star rating
Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£1039

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

Shore Cottage

3 star rating

Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean near Dalbeattie , Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£23038

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Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean near Dalbeattie , Dumfries & Galloway

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

The Granary

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Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£549-£549

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Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£549-£549

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

Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Skye

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£589-£759

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£589-£759

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

Out of the World

4 star rating

Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
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£375-£969

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Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£969

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

Craigenrae

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 3

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£474-£1255

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£474-£1255

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 3