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.

The Old Sunday School

4 star rating

Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£469-£995

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Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

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£469-£995

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

Long Cottage

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Auchencairn, near Sandhills, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£539-£945

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Auchencairn, near Sandhills, Dumfries & Galloway

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£539-£945

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

Bardristane Forge

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Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£375-£1065

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Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£1065

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

Burnside

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Rigg, near Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£319-£1085

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Rigg, near Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£1085

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

The Potting Shed

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Leswalt, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£419-£969

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Leswalt, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£969

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

The Tranquil Orchard - The Nuthatch

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Brocklehirst, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£405-£985

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Brocklehirst, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£985

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

Airyhemming Dairy

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£519-£1985

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£519-£1985

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

Glen Isle

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£595-£1055

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£595-£1055

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

The Old School

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Auchenmalg, Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£429-£685

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Auchenmalg, Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£429-£685

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

Woodbank

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£485-£1169

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£485-£1169

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

Harbour Row - Gigha

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£869

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£869

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

Dunskey Estate - Rose Blair Lodge

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1055-£1705

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1055-£1705

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

Kirkbride Farmhouse

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Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£519-£1099

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Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£519-£1099

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

The Duchy

5 star rating

near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£539-£1425

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near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£539-£1425

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

Gleniris

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£819-£1729

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£819-£1729

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