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.

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

North Street

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£699

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£699

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

Pebble Cottage

4 star rating

Port William, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£485-£959

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Port William, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£485-£959

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

Crofts Cottages - Marwhin House

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£405-£1569

4 star rating
Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£1569

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

Erriff at Caerlaverock Estate

5 star rating

Glencaple, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£945-£2315

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Glencaple, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£945-£2315

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Beuchan Farm - Beuchan Cottage

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Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£359-£715

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Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£715

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

East Lodge

4 star rating

Islesteps, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£369-£1105

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Islesteps, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£1105

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

Portpatrick Apartments - The Greenkeeper

5 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£670-£1305

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£670-£1305

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Windsor Cottage

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Carrutherstown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£479-£1299

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Carrutherstown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£479-£1299

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

Coachman’s Cottage

4 star rating

Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£684

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Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£684

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

Spring Tide

4 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£429-£779

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£429-£779

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

Grey Craig

4 star rating

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£699-£1336

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Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£699-£1336

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 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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£1145-£2765

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1145-£2765

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

Kilmark Farm

4 star rating

Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1219-£1219

4 star rating
Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1219-£1219

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

Liftingstane - Liftingstane Cottage

5 star rating

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£469-£879

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£469-£879

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