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.

Albion House

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1255-£1769

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1255-£1769

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 4 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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£309-£575

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Balmaclellan near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£575

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

Wee Dug Hoose

4 star rating

Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£855

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£855

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

Rockcliffe

3 star rating

Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£339-£829

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Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£339-£829

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

Knocktinkle

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£669-£959

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£669-£959

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

Callander’s

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£465-£909

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£465-£909

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

Burnside

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Rigg, near Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£329-£719

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Rigg, near Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway

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£329-£719

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

Beachcomber Lodge

0 star rating

Southerness, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£475-£1020

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Southerness, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£1020

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

The Steading at Nabny

4 star rating

Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£729

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Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£729

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

Creachan

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Port William, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

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Port William, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

West Cottage

0 star rating

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£465-£1005

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Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£465-£1005

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 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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£425-£909

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£909

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

High Auchenlarie

4 star rating

Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£485-£1129

4 star rating
Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£485-£1129

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Brae Cottage

3 star rating

Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£399-£949

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Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£949

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

Arbigland Farms - Powillimount Cottage

3 star rating

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£502-£968

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Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£502-£968

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