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.

Wee Glebe

5 star rating

Kirkland, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£505-£959

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Kirkland, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£959

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Park Cottage

4 star rating

Dunragit, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£369-£645

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Dunragit, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£645

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

Woodbank

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£419-£939

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£939

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

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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£395-£1055

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Johnston Bridge, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£1055

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

Lintie Cottage

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Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£305-£639

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Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£639

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

Iona Cottage

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Ruthwell near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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  • Number of Pets: 2

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£259-£635

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Ruthwell near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£259-£635

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

Allanton Mill Cottage

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Auldgirth near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£287-£650

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Auldgirth near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£287-£650

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Riverside

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£325-£795

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£795

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

Low Isle House

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£659

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£659

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

Burnside Cottage

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£349-£539

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£539

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

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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£0-£23038

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

West Barr Holiday Park - West Barr Farmhouse

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near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£715-£1419

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near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£715-£1419

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

Butterhole Cottage

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Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£669

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Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£669

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

Burnfoot of Cluden

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Holywood, by Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 16
  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£934-£2215

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Holywood, by Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£934-£2215

Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Knockkennoch 1

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Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£439-£865

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Kirkandrews, near Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

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£439-£865

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