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.

Olafs Cottage

3 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£419-£869

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£869

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

Craigrobin

4 star rating

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£459-£1135

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£459-£1135

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

Harbour Row - Jura

3 star rating

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£829

3 star rating
Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£829

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

Violet Grove

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£455-£875

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£455-£875

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

Albion House

4 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1105-£2659

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1105-£2659

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 6 Pets: 2

Maidenholm - Waterwheel

3 star rating

Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£569

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£569

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

Moyle

3 star rating

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£470-£959

3 star rating
Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£470-£959

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

Liftingstane - Liftingstane Dairy Cottage

5 star rating

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£399-£935

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£935

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

Larchbank

4 star rating

Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£409-£985

4 star rating
Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£409-£985

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

Butterhole Farmhouse

4 star rating

Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£435-£955

4 star rating
Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£435-£955

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

Dalskairth Mews

4 star rating

By Mabie Forest, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£481

4 star rating
By Mabie Forest, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£481

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

Stable Cottage

3 star rating

Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£467

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Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£467

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

Helm’s Deep

3 star rating

Sandyhills, near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£1475

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Sandyhills, near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£1475

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

Trebor Cottage

4 star rating

Annan, near Carlisle, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£339-£725

4 star rating
Annan, near Carlisle, Dumfries & Galloway

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£339-£725

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

Peace

4 star rating

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£805

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Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£805

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