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.

Portamaggie Cottage

4 star rating

Killantringam, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£659-£1025

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Killantringam, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£659-£1025

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

Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Nook

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£255-£579

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£255-£579

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

Arkland Mill

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£415-£1129

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Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£1129

Sleeps: 6 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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£1239-£2839

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1239-£2839

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

Lintie Cottage

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Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£299-£655

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Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£299-£655

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

Fourwinds

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£315-£729

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£729

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

Lochhill Bungalow

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New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£575-£1555

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New Abbey near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£575-£1555

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Spoutwells - The Byre

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£595-£1105

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£595-£1105

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

Seaside Retreat

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£239-£535

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£239-£535

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

Bayshiel

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Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£529-£965

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Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£529-£965

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

Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Stables Cottage

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£400-£887

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£400-£887

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

Park Cottage

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Dunragit, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£349-£655

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Dunragit, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£655

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

The Wee Byre

4 star rating

Irongray, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£625-£1325

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Irongray, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£625-£1325

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

Barley Cottage

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£675

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£675

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

Riverside

4 star rating

Brydekirk, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£995

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Brydekirk, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£995

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