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.

Ancrum House

4 star rating

Gretna Green , Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
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£1519-£1519

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Gretna Green , Dumfries & Galloway

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£1519-£1519

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Waterside Cottage

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Gibbhill near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£364-£930

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Gibbhill near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£364-£930

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Strathmaddie Farm Cottage

4 star rating

Palnure by Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£419-£965

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Palnure by Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£965

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

Williamwood

4 star rating

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£710-£1984

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Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£710-£1984

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

Ewes Schoolhouse

4 star rating

Near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£544-£1188

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Near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

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£544-£1188

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

Sanderling

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Port o’Warren, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£529-£1029

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Port o’Warren, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£529-£1029

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-£775

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Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£775

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

Larch House, Meikle Ernambrie

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£640-£1420

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£640-£1420

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Harbour Row - Jura

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£795

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£795

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

Southcliff House

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1145-£2609

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1145-£2609

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

Harbour Retreat

4 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£495-£905

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£905

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

Bruce Cottage

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Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£249-£585

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Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£249-£585

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

Knock School Cottage

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Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£279-£559

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Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£279-£559

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

Ringanwhey Cottage

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Clarebrand, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£399-£805

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Clarebrand, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£805

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

Barncailzie Lodge

4 star rating

Springholm near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£905

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Springholm near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£905

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