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.

Glenlea Cottage

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£655-£1899

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£655-£1899

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

Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Skye

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£589-£759

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£589-£759

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

Halleaths Home Farm

4 star rating

Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£535-£1205

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Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway

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£535-£1205

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

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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£399-£959

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Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£959

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

Liftingstane Farmhouse

4 star rating

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£725-£1409

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£725-£1409

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

Knocknon Cottage

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Balmaclellan near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£599

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Balmaclellan near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£599

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

Firth Lodge

4 star rating

Southerness, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£965

4 star rating
Southerness, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£965

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

Pleacairn Cottage

4 star rating

Dalton, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£275-£665

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Dalton, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£275-£665

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

St Mary’s Croft

3 star rating

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

Brae Cottage

3 star rating

Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£385-£915

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Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£915

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

Beuchan Farm - Beuchan Bungalow

3 star rating

Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£309-£669

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Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£669

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Steading Cottage

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Creetown, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£429-£805

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Creetown, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£429-£805

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

Drumbain - Little Willow

0 star rating

Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£549-£759

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Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£549-£759

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

Lochnaw Castle - Stable Cottage

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Leswalt, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£549-£989

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Leswalt, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£549-£989

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

Seaward

4 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£559-£1035

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£559-£1035

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