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.

Hawthorn Cottage

4 star rating

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£535-£1369

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Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£535-£1369

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

Hangingshaw Farm Cottages - Mallard Cottage

4 star rating

Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£1189

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Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£1189

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

Liftingstane Farmhouse

5 star rating

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£755-£1635

5 star rating
Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£755-£1635

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

The Wee Byre

4 star rating

Irongray, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£735-£1765

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Irongray, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£735-£1765

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

Beachcomber Lodge

4 star rating

Southerness, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£605-£1125

4 star rating
Southerness, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£605-£1125

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

Rusko House

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£639-£1905

4 star rating
Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£639-£1905

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

Perch Hall Cottage

4 star rating

Johnston Bridge, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£645-£1235

4 star rating
Johnston Bridge, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£645-£1235

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

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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£449-£1055

4 star rating
Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£1055

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

Loch View

4 star rating

Colvend, near Kippford, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£1024

4 star rating
Colvend, near Kippford, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£1024

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

Portpatrick Apartments - The 19th Hole

5 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£600-£1025

5 star rating
Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£600-£1025

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

Hangingshaw Farm Cottages - Pheasant Cottage

4 star rating

Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£359-£725

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Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£725

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

Bengali

4 star rating

Ringford, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£565-£1345

4 star rating
Ringford, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£565-£1345

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

The Lodge at Old Newton

4 star rating

Annan Water, near Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£555-£1135

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Annan Water, near Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£555-£1135

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

West Barr Farmhouse

4 star rating

near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£755-£1445

4 star rating
near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£755-£1445

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

Arbigland Farm Cottages - Skylark Lodge

4 star rating

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£23038

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Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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