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.

Strathannan, Oakriggside

4 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • 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

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River View

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Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£319-£685

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Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£685

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

Bainloch Lodge

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Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£405-£1015

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Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£1015

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

Fairview

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Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£645-£1555

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Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£645-£1555

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

Annan House

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Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£449-£1085

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Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£449-£1085

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

Slockmill Farmhouse

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Near Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£639-£1499

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Near Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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£639-£1499

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

Gilchristland Cottage

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£299-£695

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£299-£695

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

Waterside Cottage

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Newbie near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£1031

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Newbie near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£1031

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

Endeavour’s End

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£339-£795

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£339-£795

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

Portside Cottage

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£400-£710

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£400-£710

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

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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£340-£550

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Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£340-£550

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

Drumwall - Beth’s Bothy

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£505-£708

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£708

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

Silver Dee

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Crossmichael, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£519-£795

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Crossmichael, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£519-£795

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

West Cottage

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Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£405-£1029

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Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£1029

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Wee Dug Hoose

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£809

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£809

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