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.

St Mary’s Croft

3 star rating

Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£809

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Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£809

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

Caerlaverock Cottages - Fisherman Cottage

3 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£985

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£985

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

Seaview

4 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£335-£635

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£635

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Tystie Cottage

4 star rating

Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£299-£849

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Sandhead, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£299-£849

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

Wee Dug Hoose

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£379-£885

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£379-£885

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

Garden Cottage

4 star rating

Carsluith, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£631-£1050

4 star rating
Carsluith, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£631-£1050

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

Lochryan View

4 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£419-£689

4 star rating
Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£689

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

Liftingstane Farmhouse

5 star rating

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£725-£1489

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£725-£1489

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

Ringanwhey Cottage

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Clarebrand, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£829

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

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£395-£829

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

Coachman

5 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£685-£10555

5 star rating
Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£685-£10555

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

Arkland Mill

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£379-£1219

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Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£379-£1219

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Orchard Cottage

4 star rating

Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£635-£1695

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Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£635-£1695

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

Loch Doon Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£359-£755

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Kirkcudbright, Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£755

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

Culmore Bridge Cottages - Willow Cottage

4 star rating

Sandhead, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£540-£785

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Sandhead, Dumfries & Galloway

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£540-£785

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

Conheath Gatelodge

4 star rating

Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£1065

4 star rating
Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£1065

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