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.

Millburn Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£308-£775

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£308-£775

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

Old Port Store

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Stairhaven, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£574-£1675

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Stairhaven, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£574-£1675

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 0

Gullsway

4 star rating

Glencaple, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 9
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£518-£1425

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Glencaple, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£518-£1425

Sleeps: 9 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Threave Estate - Millwheel Cottage

3 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£408-£798

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£408-£798

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

Glendower Apartment

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Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£344-£629

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Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£344-£629

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

Burnbank

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Kirkgunzeon, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£278-£924

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Kirkgunzeon, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£278-£924

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

The Steading at Nabny

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Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£308-£729

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Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£308-£729

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

Glenhoul Brae

4 star rating

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£744-£1505

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Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£744-£1505

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Grey Craig

4 star rating

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£529-£1239

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Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£529-£1239

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

Heatherview Cottage

4 star rating

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£334-£575

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Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£334-£575

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Larchbank

4 star rating

Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£408-£985

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Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£408-£985

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

Corra Cottage

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£644-£1135

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£644-£1135

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

Kirkbride Farmhouse

4 star rating

Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£998

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Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£998

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

The Old Church Hall

4 star rating

Kirkbean, near New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£354-£1015

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Kirkbean, near New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway

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£354-£1015

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

Riverside

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£314-£795

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£314-£795

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