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.

Clauchan Farm - The Stable

3 star rating

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£435-£775

3 star rating
near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£435-£775

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

River Cottage

4 star rating

Bladnoch near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£385-£849

4 star rating
Bladnoch near Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£849

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

Palmallet Cottage

4 star rating

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 3

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£340-£779

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Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£340-£779

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 3

Winloma

4 star rating

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£869

4 star rating
Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£869

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

Cordorcan Cottages - Wee Cordorcan

4 star rating

Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£649

4 star rating
Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£649

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

Curlew Cottage

4 star rating

Mossyard, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£465-£1025

4 star rating
Mossyard, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£465-£1025

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

Airyhemming Dairy

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£445-£979

4 star rating
Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£979

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

Garden Cottage

4 star rating

Carsluith, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£554-£1062

4 star rating
Carsluith, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£554-£1062

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

Rocky Knowe

3 star rating

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£615-£949

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Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£615-£949

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

Spoutwells - The Byre

5 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£595-£1135

5 star rating
Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£595-£1135

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

Barley Cottage

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£329-£699

4 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£329-£699

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

Drumbain - Little Willow

5 star rating

Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£515-£755

5 star rating
Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£515-£755

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

Beuchan Farm - Beuchan Cottage

3 star rating

Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£355-£569

3 star rating
Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£569

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

Tign An Uruisge

4 star rating

Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£909

4 star rating
Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£909

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

Hillcroft

4 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£495-£799

4 star rating
Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£799

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