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.

Allanhead

3 star rating

Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£379-£935

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Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£379-£935

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

Strathmaddie Farm Cottage

4 star rating

Palnure by Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£369-£965

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Palnure by Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£965

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

West Lodge Cally Estate

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£489-£699

4 star rating
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£699

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

Helm’s Deep

0 star rating

Sandyhills, near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£1445

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Sandyhills, near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£1445

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

Kinvara

4 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£825-£1929

4 star rating
Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£825-£1929

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Larroch Farmhouse

4 star rating

Near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£705-£1929

4 star rating
Near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£705-£1929

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 0

Airyhemming Dairy

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£409-£975

4 star rating
Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£409-£975

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

Gleniris

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£439-£1149

4 star rating
Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£439-£1149

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

Ringanwhey Cottage

3 star rating

Clarebrand, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£805

3 star rating
Clarebrand, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£805

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

Cree House

4 star rating

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£509-£1385

4 star rating
Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£509-£1385

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

Maidenholm - Waterwheel

3 star rating

Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£265-£539

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£265-£539

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

Hangingshaw Farm Cottages - Pheasant Cottage

0 star rating

Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£299-£725

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Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£299-£725

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

The Moat House

5 star rating

Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£865-£2859

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Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£865-£2859

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

Knock School Cottage

0 star rating

Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£279-£559

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Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£279-£559

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Gullieside Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkandrews, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£479-£1015

4 star rating
Kirkandrews, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£479-£1015

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