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.

Bainloch Lodge

4 star rating

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£419-£1039

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Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£1039

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

The Dairy House

4 star rating

Near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£439-£969

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Near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£439-£969

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

The School House

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New Luce, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£569-£1439

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New Luce, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£569-£1439

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

Silver Dee

4 star rating

Crossmichael, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£655-£1005

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Crossmichael, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£655-£1005

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

Iona Cottage

4 star rating

Ruthwell near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£259-£825

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Ruthwell near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£259-£825

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

Bardristane Forge

4 star rating

Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£419-£1049

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Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£1049

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

Moyle

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£475-£959

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£959

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

Glenlea Cottage

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£719-£1885

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£719-£1885

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

Military Drive - 4 Military Drive

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£809-£2049

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£809-£2049

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

Gardener’s Cottage

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Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£495-£725

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Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£725

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

Muirhead Cottage

3 star rating

Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£895

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Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£895

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

Maidenholm - Anvil

3 star rating

Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£549

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£549

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

Gilchristland Cottage

3 star rating

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£725

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£725

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

High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: The Byre

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£595-£935

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£595-£935

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

The Loft

3 star rating

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£549

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Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£549

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