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.

Horsepark Cottage

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£575-£1085

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£575-£1085

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

The Old School House

4 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£485-£1155

4 star rating
Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£485-£1155

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

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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£335-£819

4 star rating
Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£819

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

Craigenrae

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 3

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£409-£1389

4 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£409-£1389

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 3

Strathannan, Oakriggside

4 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£369-£619

4 star rating
Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£619

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

The Barn

3 star rating

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£340-£549

3 star rating
Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£340-£549

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

The Belltower

5 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£435-£909

5 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£435-£909

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

Swallow Lodge

4 star rating

Bardennoch West, near Carsphairn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£869

4 star rating
Bardennoch West, near Carsphairn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£869

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

Beuchan Farm - Beuchan Bungalow

3 star rating

Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£289-£695

3 star rating
Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£289-£695

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Coastguard’s Cottage

3 star rating

Carsethorn near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£360-£619

3 star rating
Carsethorn near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£360-£619

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

Glen Ae

0 star rating

Wanlockhead, near Biggar, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

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Wanlockhead, near Biggar, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£0

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

Allanton Mill Cottage

4 star rating

Auldgirth near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£304-£669

4 star rating
Auldgirth near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£304-£669

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Diamonds Laggan

5 star rating

Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1049-£1999

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Parton, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1049-£1999

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Chestnut Lodge

4 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 16
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1335-£2775

4 star rating
Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1335-£2775

Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 5 Pets: 2

Stranit

3 star rating

Kelton, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£265-£749

3 star rating
Kelton, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£265-£749

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