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.

Liftingstane - Liftingstane Cottage

5 star rating

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£445-£909

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£909

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

Spoutwells - The Byre

5 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£595-£1135

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£595-£1135

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

Seaview

4 star rating

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£1355

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£1355

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

Corrie House Cottage

4 star rating

Corrie, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£369-£605

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Corrie, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£605

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

The Granary

3 star rating

Near Kirkinner, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

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Near Kirkinner, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

Airyhemming - Kelbrook

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£575-£1589

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£575-£1589

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

Knockkennoch 1

4 star rating

Kirkandrews, near Borgue , Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£752

4 star rating
Kirkandrews, near Borgue , Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£752

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

Whitecroft - Myrtle Cottage

4 star rating

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£359-£865

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£865

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

Southcliff House

4 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1419-£1419

4 star rating
Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1419-£1419

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

Kirsty Cottage

4 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£705

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£705

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

Cleughbrae Cottage

4 star rating

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£475-£1065

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Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£1065

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

Cree Valley Lodges - Willow Lodge

4 star rating

Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£525-£1039

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Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£525-£1039

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

Burnfoot of Cluden

4 star rating

Holywood, by Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£965-£2489

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Holywood, by Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£965-£2489

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

Lynwood

3 star rating

Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£269-£799

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Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£269-£799

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

Kirroughtree Steading

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£379-£915

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£379-£915

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