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.

Palmallet Cottage

4 star rating

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 3

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£390-£750

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Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£390-£750

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 3

Cleughbrae Cottage

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Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£455-£1025

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Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£455-£1025

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

Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Jura

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

Millburn Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£720

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£720

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

Woodside

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Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£795

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Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£795

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

Minnow Cottage

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Minnigaff, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£289-£635

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Minnigaff, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£289-£635

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

Sanderling

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Port o’Warren, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£529-£529

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Port o’Warren, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£529-£529

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

Coachman’s Cottage

4 star rating

Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£315-£795

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Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£795

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

Hangingshaw Farm Cottages - Grouse Cottage

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Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£879

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Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£879

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

2 North Barnkirk

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£369-£939

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£939

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

Camplebridge Steadings

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Thornhill near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£475-£1000

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Thornhill near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£1000

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

Rhonepark Steading

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Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£399-£955

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Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£955

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

Lighthouse View

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Kirkcolm, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£315-£705

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Kirkcolm, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£705

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

Callander’s

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£935

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£935

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

Church Cottage

4 star rating

Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£269-£619

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Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£269-£619

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