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.

Arbigland Farm Cottages - Lapwing Lodge

4 star rating

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£591-£591

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Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£591-£591

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

Riverside Cottage

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£385-£665

4 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£665

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

The Stables

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£599

3 star rating
Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£599

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

The Smiddy

4 star rating

Glasserton, near Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£349-£869

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Glasserton, near Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£869

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

The School House

4 star rating

New Luce, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£569-£1439

4 star rating
New Luce, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£569-£1439

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Lapwing Cottage

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Durisdeer, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£369-£745

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Durisdeer, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£745

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

Baltersan Farm - Brick Cottage No. 2

4 star rating

Baltersan, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£379-£819

4 star rating
Baltersan, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£379-£819

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

5 Tannery Brae

3 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£489

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£489

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

Stable Cottage

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£769

4 star rating
Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£769

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

Riverside Cottage

4 star rating

Boreland, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£445-£965

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Boreland, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£965

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

Hillcroft

4 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£490-£799

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£490-£799

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

Kinnelhook Holiday Cottage

3 star rating

Lochmaben, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£875-£1325

3 star rating
Lochmaben, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£875-£1325

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Seaside Retreat

3 star rating

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£505

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£505

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

Seascape and Sea Rise Cottages - Sea Rise

4 star rating

Southerness, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£689-£1765

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Southerness, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£689-£1765

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

Ewes Schoolhouse

4 star rating

Near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway , Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£489-£1255

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Near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway , Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£1255

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1