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.

Airyhemming Dairy

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£449-£975

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£975

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

Tackroom Cottage

4 star rating

Palnure, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£379-£715

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Palnure, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£379-£715

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

Gullieside Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkandrews, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£479-£1015

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Kirkandrews, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£479-£1015

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

Ettrick Cottage

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£335-£655

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£655

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

Harbour Cottage

4 star rating

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£345-£1025

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£1025

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Newfield Cottage

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Borgue, by Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£799

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Borgue, by Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£799

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

Sea-esta

4 star rating

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£299-£745

4 star rating
Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£299-£745

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

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

Knocktinkle

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£639-£1019

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£639-£1019

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

Forest 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-£670

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£440-£670

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

Allanhead

3 star rating

Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£419-£935

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Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£935

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

Caerlaverock Cottages - Fisherman Cottage

3 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£349-£865

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£865

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

Gardener’s Cottage

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£399-£1015

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Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£1015

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

Squirrel Cottage

3 star rating

Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£475-£719

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Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£719

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

Killantrae Burn Cottages - Killantrae Burn A

4 star rating

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£899

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£899

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