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.

Seaview Cottage

4 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£825

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£825

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

Harbour Side View

3 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£470-£959

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£470-£959

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

Buckle House

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£459-£1105

4 star rating
Gatehouse of Fleet, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£459-£1105

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

Hangingshaw Farm Cottages - Partridge House

4 star rating

Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£435-£1125

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Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£435-£1125

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

East Lodge

4 star rating

Islesteps, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£349-£789

4 star rating
Islesteps, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£789

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

Allanhead

3 star rating

Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£1055

3 star rating
Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£1055

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

Smallholm Steading

4 star rating

Hightae, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£409

4 star rating
Hightae, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£409

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

Glenhowl Lodge

4 star rating

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£455-£999

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Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£455-£999

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

Hangingshaw Farm Cottages - Grouse Cottage

4 star rating

Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£835

4 star rating
Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£835

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

Holmhill Steading Cottage

4 star rating

Thornhill, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£329-£795

4 star rating
Thornhill, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£329-£795

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

Dinduff Lodge

5 star rating

Low Dinduff, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£765-£1295

5 star rating
Low Dinduff, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£765-£1295

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

Melita

0 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£565-£839

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£565-£839

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

The Hayloft

3 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£599

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£599

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

The Cottage @ Castle Sinniness

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£475-£1039

4 star rating
Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£1039

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 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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£515-£989

4 star rating
near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£515-£989

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