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.

Derwent Apartment

4 star rating

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£488-£1445

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Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£488-£1445

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

Balcary Mews Cottage

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Auchencairn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£454-£815

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Auchencairn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£454-£815

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

Bayshiel

4 star rating

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£544-£923

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Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£544-£923

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

Larch House, Meikle Ernambrie

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£612-£1419

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£612-£1419

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Number 12

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£264-£443

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£264-£443

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

Rhonepark Steading

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Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£378-£989

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Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£378-£989

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

Brae Cottage

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Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£304-£885

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Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£304-£885

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

Seaside Retreat

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£218-£535

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£218-£535

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

Rowan

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Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£975

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Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£975

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

Green Lodge

4 star rating

Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£428-£948

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Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

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£428-£948

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

River View

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Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£268-£669

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Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£268-£669

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

West Auchensheen

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Colvend near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£424-£935

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Colvend near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£424-£935

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

Glencroft

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near Portpatrick, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£308-£859

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near Portpatrick, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£308-£859

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

Bayview

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£288-£665

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£288-£665

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

Cordorcan Cottages - Wee Cordorcan

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Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£304-£629

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Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£304-£629

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