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.

Caerlaverock Cottages - Rowan Cottage

4 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£479-£1055

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£479-£1055

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

St Mary’s Croft

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Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£379-£729

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Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£379-£729

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

Jasmine Cottage

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Collin, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£505-£1155

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Collin, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£1155

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

Park View Cottage

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£579-£919

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£579-£919

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

Knockkennoch 2

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Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£529-£879

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Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

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£529-£879

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

The Garden Studio

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£665

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£665

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

Chestnut Lodge

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 16
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1279-£2705

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1279-£2705

Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 5 Pets: 2

Caerlaverock Cottages - Bankswood Cottage

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£439-£1095

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£439-£1095

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

Seaview

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£459-£1195

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£459-£1195

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

Lighthouse View

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Kirkcolm, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£699

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Kirkcolm, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£699

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

Scaurbrae Cottage

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Speddoch near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£359-£669

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Speddoch near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£669

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

West Barr Holiday Park - West Barr Cottage

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near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£465-£889

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near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£465-£889

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

Laharna Cottage

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

Auchenhill Lodge

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£440-£730

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£440-£730

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

River Cottage

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Bladnoch near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£799

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Bladnoch near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£799

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