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.

Cottonmill Cottage

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£349-£865

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£865

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Whitecroft - Rose Cottage

4 star rating

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£349-£865

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£865

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

Mid Bishopton Farm Cottages - Mid Bishopton Cottage

4 star rating

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£489-£1029

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£489-£1029

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

Glencroft

4 star rating

near Portpatrick, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£949

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near Portpatrick, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£949

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

Bengairn

4 star rating

Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£319-£985

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Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£985

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

Dunskey Estate - Green Meadows

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£675-£1165

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£675-£1165

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Caerlaverock Cottages - Bankswood Cottage

4 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£429-£1169

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£429-£1169

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

Wheelhouse

4 star rating

Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£569-£1065

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Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£569-£1065

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

Cogsfoot Cottage

4 star rating

Crawick, near Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£509-£539

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Crawick, near Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

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£509-£539

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 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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£385-£979

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Kirkbean, near New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£979

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

Dunskey Estate - Rose Blair

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£459-£1099

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£459-£1099

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

Fisherman’s Cottage

4 star rating

Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£475-£845

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£845

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

Park View Cottage

4 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£495-£955

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£955

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

Glenlea Cottage

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£729-£1885

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£729-£1885

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 1

Old School

4 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£329-£965

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£329-£965

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