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.

Holmhill Steading Cottage

4 star rating

Thornhill, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£375-£725

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Thornhill, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£725

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

Rhonepark Steading

3 star rating

Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£465-£989

3 star rating
Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£465-£989

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

Little Boreland

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 9
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£479-£1249

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£479-£1249

Sleeps: 9 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Strathannan, Oakriggside

4 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£350-£600

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£350-£600

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

The Barn

3 star rating

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£268-£530

3 star rating
Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£268-£530

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

The Loft

3 star rating

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£268-£530

3 star rating
Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£268-£530

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

The Glen Farmhouse

0 star rating

Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£555-£1445

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Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£555-£1445

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

Maughold Cottage

4 star rating

Low Killantrae, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£465-£609

4 star rating
Low Killantrae, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£465-£609

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

Allanton Mill Cottage

4 star rating

Auldgirth near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£295-£650

4 star rating
Auldgirth near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£295-£650

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Spoutwells - The Byre

5 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£595-£1115

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£595-£1115

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage

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Twynholm , Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£340-£550

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Twynholm , Dumfries & Galloway

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£340-£550

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

The Moat House

5 star rating

Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1065-£2859

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Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1065-£2859

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

Creebank

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£489-£899

4 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£899

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

Little Cottage

4 star rating

Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£405-£719

4 star rating
Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£719

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

Southcliff House

4 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1849-£1925

4 star rating
Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1849-£1925

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