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.

Kirkennan Lodge

3 star rating

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£410-£1010

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Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£410-£1010

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Harbour Row - Gigha

4 star rating

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£315-£955

4 star rating
Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£955

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

Hillhead Cottage

4 star rating

Leswalt, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£335-£709

4 star rating
Leswalt, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£709

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

Hill View

4 star rating

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£885

4 star rating
Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£885

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

Knocknon Cottage

4 star rating

Balmaclellan near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£609

4 star rating
Balmaclellan near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£609

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

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-£1055

4 star rating
Near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£439-£1055

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

Blairinnie

5 star rating

Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1249-£2549

5 star rating
Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1249-£2549

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Cairnyard Holiday Lodges - Woodedge

4 star rating

Lochanhead, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£705-£955

4 star rating
Lochanhead, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£705-£955

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

Dornock Brow Cottage

4 star rating

Dornock near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£429-£839

4 star rating
Dornock near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£429-£839

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Kipp Paddock - Bluebell Lodge

4 star rating

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£919

4 star rating
Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£919

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

Hameish Holiday Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£429-£995

4 star rating
Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£429-£995

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

Bridgend Cottage

4 star rating

Auchencairn, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

4 star rating
Auchencairn, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

Curlew Cottage

4 star rating

Mossyard, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£405-£1025

4 star rating
Mossyard, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£1025

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

Rocky Knowe

3 star rating

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£615-£959

3 star rating
Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£615-£959

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

West Barr Farmhouse

4 star rating

near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£665-£1335

4 star rating
near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£665-£1335

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