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.

Roughhills Cottage

4 star rating

Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£558-£1705

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Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£558-£1705

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

Harbour Cottage

4 star rating

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£298-£1025

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£298-£1025

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

Fisherman’s Cottage

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£414-£795

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£414-£795

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

Caerlaverock Cottages - Blossom Cottage

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£364-£1228

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£364-£1228

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

Ancrum House

4 star rating

Gretna Green , Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1478-£1518

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Gretna Green , Dumfries & Galloway

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£1478-£1518

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

Wee Dug Hoose

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£358-£855

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£358-£855

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

Riverdale

4 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£374-£734

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£374-£734

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Bainloch Lodge

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Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£394-£1019

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Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£394-£1019

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

Braedoon

4 star rating

Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£458-£1168

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Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

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£458-£1168

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Summerlea Cottage

4 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£308-£815

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£308-£815

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

Woodside

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Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£394-£809

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Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

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£394-£809

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

Criffel Lodge

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Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£295-£704

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Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£295-£704

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

Crofts Cottages - Marwhin House

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£354-£1149

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Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£354-£1149

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

Camelia Cottage

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Glencaple near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£649

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Glencaple near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£649

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

Cairndoon Steading

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Whithorn near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£379-£829

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Whithorn near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£379-£829

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