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.

Kirkennan Mews

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Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£350-£695

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Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£350-£695

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

Old Glenstocken

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Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£432-£1290

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Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

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£432-£1290

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Arkland Mill

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Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£1165

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Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£1165

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

Coachman’s Cottage

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Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£835

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Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£835

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

Gardener’s Cottage

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Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£495-£699

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Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£699

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

High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: Robin’s Nest

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£479-£1099

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£479-£1099

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Martha’s Shore Cottage

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Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£449-£1059

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Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£1059

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

Hill View

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£785

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£785

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Caerlaverock Cottages - Hollins Cottage

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£829

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£829

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

Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Old Smiddy

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£249-£589

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£249-£589

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

The Barn at the Bakery

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Moniaive, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£265-£585

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Moniaive, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£265-£585

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

Lilac Cottage

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£279-£645

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£279-£645

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

Samian Place

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Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£270-£420

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Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway

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£270-£420

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

Ewes Schoolhouse

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Near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£524-£1254

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Near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

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£524-£1254

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Knock School Cottage

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Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£269-£559

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Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£269-£559

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0