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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£838-£2859

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Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£838-£2859

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

Garlies Lodge

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Gentrool, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£498-£1565

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Gentrool, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£498-£1565

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

Ardath

4 star rating

Cairnryan near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£294-£674

4 star rating
Cairnryan near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£294-£674

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

Holly Cottage

3 star rating

Colvend, near Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£294-£919

3 star rating
Colvend, near Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

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£294-£919

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

Cottfield House

0 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£678-£1939

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£678-£1939

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

Stable Cottage

3 star rating

Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£344-£989

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Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£344-£989

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

High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: Heron View

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£498-£1078

4 star rating
Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£498-£1078

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

Allanhead

3 star rating

Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£444-£929

3 star rating
Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£444-£929

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

Ettrick Cottage

3 star rating

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£328-£669

3 star rating
Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£328-£669

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

Slockmill Farmhouse

4 star rating

Near Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£695-£1479

4 star rating
Near Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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£695-£1479

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

Craigcaffie Tower

4 star rating

Innermessan, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£764-£1579

4 star rating
Innermessan, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£764-£1579

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

Blink Bonnie

3 star rating

Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£408-£1325

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Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£408-£1325

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

West Lodge Cally Estate

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£384-£925

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£384-£925

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

Airyhemming Farm

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£708-£1995

4 star rating
Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£708-£1995

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Larroch Farmhouse

4 star rating

Near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£704-£1969

4 star rating
Near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£704-£1969

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 0