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.

Chestnut Lodge

5 star rating

near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£0-£755

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near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£755

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Harbour Row - Gigha

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£285-£835

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£285-£835

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 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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£375-£1005

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Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£1005

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

Cree House

4 star rating

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£489-£1389

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Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£1389

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

The Bungalow

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£399-£1005

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Gatehouse of Fleet, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£1005

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

Smithy House

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Boreland, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£709

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Boreland, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£709

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

Beuchan Farm - Beuchan Bungalow

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Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£309-£679

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Keir Mill, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£679

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

The Dairy & The Stables at Drumlane - The Dairy

4 star rating

Laurieston, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£442-£970

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Laurieston, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£442-£970

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

Woodhall

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East Riggs, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£699

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East Riggs, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£699

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

Bayview

0 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£295-£665

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£295-£665

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

Airyhemming Farm

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£809-£2079

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£809-£2079

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Carse Cottage

4 star rating

Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£315-£730

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Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£730

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

Esk Apartment

4 star rating

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£1139

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Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£1139

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

Lynwood

3 star rating

Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£255-£689

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Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£255-£689

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

Kirkland Burn

4 star rating

Tinwald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£639-£675

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Tinwald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£639-£675

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