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.

Cleughbrae Cottage

4 star rating

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£479-£1049

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Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£479-£1049

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

Hangingshaw Farm Cottages - Woodcock House

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Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£665-£1379

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Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£665-£1379

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 7 Pets: 2

Coachman’s Cottage

4 star rating

Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£684

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Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£684

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

Lapwing Cottage

3 star rating

Durisdeer, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£789

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Durisdeer, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£789

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

Barnhill Bothy

3 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£625

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£625

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

Shore Cottage

4 star rating

Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£485-£909

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Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£485-£909

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

Clauchan Farm - The Barn

3 star rating

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£475-£875

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near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£875

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

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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£669-£1609

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Southerness, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£669-£1609

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

Conheath Gatelodge

4 star rating

Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£1035

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Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£1035

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

Braefield

3 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 15
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£849-£2235

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£849-£2235

Sleeps: 15 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 6 Pets: 2

Seaview

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£625

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£625

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

3 Castlebank

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£549-£899

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£549-£899

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

The Glen Farmhouse

4 star rating

Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£475-£1485

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Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£1485

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

Burnside Cottage

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£389-£555

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£389-£555

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

Riverside

4 star rating

Brydekirk, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£355-£1049

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Brydekirk, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£1049

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