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.

Dinduff Lodge

5 star rating

Low Dinduff, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£945-£1459

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Low Dinduff, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£945-£1459

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

Drumlanrig Castle - Stableyard Apartment

5 star rating

Thornhill, near Dumries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£740-£1140

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Thornhill, near Dumries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£740-£1140

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

Float Bay View, Sandhead

4 star rating

Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£419-£1169

4 star rating
Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£419-£1169

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Up Yonder

5 star rating

Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£765-£1279

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Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£765-£1279

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Seascape

5 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£755-£1325

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Gatehouse of Fleet, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£755-£1325

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

The Cottage @ Castle Sinniness

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£575-£1165

4 star rating
Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£575-£1165

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

Forest Lodge

3 star rating

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£479-£695

3 star rating
Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£479-£695

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

High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: The Byre

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£615-£1105

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£615-£1105

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

Minnow Cottage

4 star rating

Minnigaff, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£369-£775

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Minnigaff, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£775

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

Arden Cottage

4 star rating

Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£449-£1435

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Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£1435

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

Kirkennan Lodge

3 star rating

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£450-£1038

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Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£450-£1038

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Waterside Cottage

4 star rating

Gibbhill near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£489-£1055

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Gibbhill near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£1055

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Crawford’s Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£445-£835

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£835

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

The Old School House

4 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£605-£1069

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£605-£1069

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

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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£329-£875

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£329-£875

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