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.

Curlew Cottage

4 star rating

Creetown, near Newton Stewart , Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£455-£839

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Creetown, near Newton Stewart , Dumfries & Galloway

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£455-£839

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

The Cottage at Waulkmill

5 star rating

Westerkirk, near Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£809

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Westerkirk, near Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£809

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

Barnhill Bothy

3 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£435-£729

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£435-£729

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

Machermore Castle - West Lodge

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£985-£1129

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£985-£1129

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

The Mount Stewart - The Firth - No 19

5 star rating

Portparick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£808-£965

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Portparick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£808-£965

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

Whitecroft - Myrtle Cottage

4 star rating

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£915

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£915

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

Gullsway

4 star rating

Glencaple, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 9
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£645-£1469

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Glencaple, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£645-£1469

Sleeps: 9 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Beuchan Farm - Beuchan Cottage

3 star rating

Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£359-£715

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Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£715

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Church Cottage

4 star rating

Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£299-£645

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Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£299-£645

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

2 North Barnkirk

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£869

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£869

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

Smithy House

4 star rating

Carrutherstown, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 9
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£779-£779

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Carrutherstown, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£779-£779

Sleeps: 9 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Windsor Cottage

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Carrutherstown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£479-£1299

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Carrutherstown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£479-£1299

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

High Auchenbrack

5 star rating

Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£875-£875

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Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£875-£875

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

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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£475-£879

5 star rating
Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£879

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

The Orangerie

5 star rating

Bargrennan, near Glentrool, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£539-£1235

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Bargrennan, near Glentrool, Dumfries & Galloway

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£539-£1235

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