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.

The Moat House

5 star rating

Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£885-£2859

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Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£885-£2859

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

Maidenholm - Anvil

3 star rating

Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£315-£535

3 star rating
Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£535

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

Caerlaverock Cottages - Keepers Cottage

4 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£1025

4 star rating
Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£1025

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

The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage

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Twynholm , Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£340-£550

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Twynholm , Dumfries & Galloway

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£340-£550

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

The Old Church Hall

4 star rating

Kirkbean, near New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£399-£1055

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Kirkbean, near New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£1055

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

Merrymeet Chalet

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Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£975

3 star rating
Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£975

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

Mid Bishopton Farm Cottages - Mid Bishopton Cottage

4 star rating

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£1005

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£505-£1005

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

Holly Cottage

3 star rating

Colvend, near Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£929

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Colvend, near Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£929

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

Old Port Store

5 star rating

Stairhaven, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£669-£1729

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Stairhaven, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£669-£1729

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

Hilltop

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£649

4 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£649

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

Acorn Croft

3 star rating

Near Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£518-£993

3 star rating
Near Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

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£518-£993

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 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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£679-£1345

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near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£679-£1345

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

Larchbank

4 star rating

Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£455-£935

4 star rating
Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£455-£935

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

Kipp Paddock - Laurel Lodge

3 star rating

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£915

3 star rating
Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£915

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

The Duchy

5 star rating

near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£515-£1295

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near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£515-£1295

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