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.

Glenhowl Lodge

4 star rating

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£1009

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Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£1009

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

Ash Lodge

3 star rating

Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£429-£429

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Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

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£429-£429

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Bute

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£509-£1029

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£509-£1029

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Forest Lodge

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£440-£670

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£440-£670

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

Burnside

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Rigg, near Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£329-£719

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Rigg, near Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway

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£329-£719

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

Blink Bonnie

3 star rating

Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£1325

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Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£1325

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

Coastguard’s Cottage

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Carsethorn near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£302-£600

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Carsethorn near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£302-£600

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

Caerlaverock Cottages - Rowan Cottage

4 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£445-£1055

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£1055

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

Viewfield Farmhouse

4 star rating

New Galloway, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£745-£1635

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New Galloway, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£745-£1635

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

The Steading at Nabny

4 star rating

Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£729

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Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£729

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

Changue Farmhouse

5 star rating

near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£1009-£2959

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near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1009-£2959

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Pets: 1

Waterside Cottage

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Newbie near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£1031

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Newbie near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£1031

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

Dumbretton Cottage

3 star rating

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£260-£530

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Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£260-£530

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

Sawmill Cottage

3 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

Wee Dug Hoose

4 star rating

Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£855

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£855

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