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.

Drumwall - Galloway View

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£387-£1119

5 star rating
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£387-£1119

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

Hilltop

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£339-£785

4 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£339-£785

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

Culquhasen

3 star rating

Newton Stewart, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£489-£1435

3 star rating
Newton Stewart, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£1435

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

Brae Cottage

3 star rating

Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£375-£985

3 star rating
Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£985

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

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

Fairview

4 star rating

Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£619-£1589

4 star rating
Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£619-£1589

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

Skyview

4 star rating

Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£389-£689

4 star rating
Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£689

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Rosehearty

3 star rating

New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£549

3 star rating
New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£549

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

Riverside Cottage

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£735

4 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£735

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

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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£425-£1095

4 star rating
Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£1095

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

Clauchan Farm - Middle Byre

4 star rating

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£525-£989

4 star rating
near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£525-£989

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

Arden Holiday Cottage

4 star rating

Irongray, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

4 star rating
Irongray, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£0

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Blink Bonnie

3 star rating

Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£445-£1375

3 star rating
Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£1375

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

The Dairy House

3 star rating

Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£409-£799

3 star rating
Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£409-£799

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 0

Park Cottage

4 star rating

Dunragit, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£665

4 star rating
Dunragit, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£665

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