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.

The Hen Hoose

3 star rating

Nether Barr, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£209-£509

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Nether Barr, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£209-£509

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

Drumwall - Fleet View

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£550-£890

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£550-£890

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

The Bungalow

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£1025

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Gatehouse of Fleet, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£1025

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

Craigrobin

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£445-£1089

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£1089

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

Crofts Cottages - Marwhin House

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£1109

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Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£1109

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

Arbigland Farm Cottages - Skylark Lodge

4 star rating

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£502-£968

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Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£502-£968

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

Seaview Cottage

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£295-£875

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£295-£875

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

Blairinnie

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Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1245-£2639

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Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1245-£2639

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Clauchan Farm - Middle Byre

4 star rating

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£995

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near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£995

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

Hillcroft

4 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£476-£770

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£476-£770

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

Cochrane House

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£375-£915

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£915

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Airyhemming Farm

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£719-£2135

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£719-£2135

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Rowan Cottage

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Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£329-£675

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Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£329-£675

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

Spoutwells - The Bullpen

5 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£359-£739

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£739

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

Hillend Guest Cottage

3 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£299-£479

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£299-£479

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