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.

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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£0-£591

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Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£591

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

Kirroughtree Steading

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£375-£929

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£929

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

The Old Sunday School

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Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£795

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Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£795

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

3 Old Posting Stables

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Gatehouse of Fleet, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£385-£949

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Gatehouse of Fleet, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£949

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

The Cider Tower

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Cannee, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£285-£619

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Cannee, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£285-£619

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

Harbour Cottage

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£319-£985

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£985

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

Woodpecker Lodge

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Brocklehirst, near Carlisle, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£335-£839

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Brocklehirst, near Carlisle, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£839

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Waterside Cottage

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Gibbhill near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£449-£959

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Gibbhill near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£959

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

Craigcaffie Tower

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Innermessan, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£1497

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Innermessan, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£1497

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

Auchenhill Lodge

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£460-£759

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£460-£759

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

East Lodge

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Islesteps, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£789

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Islesteps, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£789

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

Craigadam Lodge

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1059-£1059

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1059-£1059

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

The Galloway Steading - The Stag Hoose

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Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£765-£889

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Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£765-£889

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

Cordorcan Cottages - Wee Cordorcan

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Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£685

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Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£685

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

Park Cottage

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£685-£1625

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£685-£1625

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2