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.

May’s Cottage

3 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£276-£446

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£276-£446

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

Conheath Gatelodge

4 star rating

Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£414-£965

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Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£414-£965

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

Low Isle House

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£303-£657

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£303-£657

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

Hameish Holiday Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£424-£879

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£424-£879

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

Gullsway

4 star rating

Glencaple, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 9
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£518-£1425

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Glencaple, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£518-£1425

Sleeps: 9 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Maidenholm - Anvil

3 star rating

Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£264-£519

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Dalbeattie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£264-£519

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

Bonshawside Farmhouse

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Kirtlebridge, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£334-£745

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Kirtlebridge, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£334-£745

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

Military Drive - 8 Military Drive

4 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£882-£2048

4 star rating
Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£882-£2048

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

Cedar Lodge

0 star rating

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£338-£725

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£338-£725

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

Glenbank

4 star rating

Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£278-£825

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£278-£825

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

The Cottage

4 star rating

Glenmidge, Auldgirth, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£294-£656

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Glenmidge, Auldgirth, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£294-£656

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

The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage

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Twynholm , Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£334-£539

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Twynholm , Dumfries & Galloway

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£334-£539

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

Kirkland Burn

4 star rating

Tinwald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£638-£794

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Tinwald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£638-£794

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

Heatherview Cottage

4 star rating

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£334-£568

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Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£334-£568

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Nook

4 star rating

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£224-£589

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£224-£589

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