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.

Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Garden Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£622-£1330

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£622-£1330

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

Olafs Cottage

3 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£835

3 star rating
Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£835

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 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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£349-£849

4 star rating
Bladnoch near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£849

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

Perch Hall Cottage

4 star rating

Johnston Bridge, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£489-£1069

4 star rating
Johnston Bridge, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£1069

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

Glenlea Cottage

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£679-£1885

5 star rating
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£679-£1885

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 1

Campdouglas Cottage

4 star rating

Glenlochar, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£449-£809

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

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£449-£809

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

Greenhead Cottage

0 star rating

Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£335-£885

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Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£885

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

Gatehouse Lodges - Lodge 2

0 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£495-£1109

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Gatehouse of Fleet, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£1109

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

Martha’s Shore Cottage

4 star rating

Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£479-£1119

4 star rating
Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£479-£1119

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

Gullieside Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkandrews, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£485-£1019

4 star rating
Kirkandrews, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£485-£1019

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

The Barn

3 star rating

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£549

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

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£345-£549

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

Kirkland Burn

4 star rating

Tinwald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£639-£735

4 star rating
Tinwald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£639-£735

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

Culmore Bridge Cottages - Willow Cottage

0 star rating

Sandhead, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£909

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Sandhead, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£909

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

Rhonepark Steading

3 star rating

Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£405-£1009

3 star rating
Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£1009

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

Rowan Cottage

3 star rating

Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£375-£679

3 star rating
Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£679

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