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.

Airyhemming - Kelbrook

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£514-£1455

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£514-£1455

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

Dumbretton Cottage

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Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£256-£529

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Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£256-£529

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

Kirkhill

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Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£709-£1289

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Crossmichael near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£709-£1289

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Eastpark Farmhouse

3 star rating

Caerlaverock, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£964-£2435

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Caerlaverock, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£964-£2435

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 0

Cleughbrae Cottage

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Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£443-£999

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Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£443-£999

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

Hameish Holiday Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£424-£879

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£424-£879

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

Woodsedge

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Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£349-£779

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Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£779

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

Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Bute

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£494-£1029

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£494-£1029

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Glenlea Cottage

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£618-£1870

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£618-£1870

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 1

East Cottage

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Southerness near Colvend and Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£411-£839

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Southerness near Colvend and Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£411-£839

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

2 North Barnkirk

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£358-£909

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£358-£909

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

Viewfield Farmhouse

4 star rating

New Galloway, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£744-£1635

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New Galloway, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£744-£1635

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

Dalskairth Mews

4 star rating

By Mabie Forest, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£444-£489

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By Mabie Forest, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£444-£489

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

Kirsty Cottage

4 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£314-£669

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£314-£669

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

The Dairy & The Stables at Drumlane - The Dairy

4 star rating

Laurieston, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£434-£969

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Laurieston, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£434-£969

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