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.

West Cottage

3 star rating

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£0-£953

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Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

Balcary Mews Cottage

4 star rating

Auchencairn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£525-£875

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Auchencairn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£525-£875

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

Woodpecker Lodge

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Brocklehirst, near Carlisle, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£355-£839

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Brocklehirst, near Carlisle, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£839

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Caerlaverock Cottages - Hollins Cottage

4 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£849

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£849

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

Belmont’s Bothy

4 star rating

Ruthwell, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£435-£905

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Ruthwell, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£435-£905

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

Meggerland

4 star rating

Kirkandrews, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£595-£895

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Kirkandrews, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£595-£895

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

Kirkbride Farmhouse

4 star rating

Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£539-£539

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Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£539-£539

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

Dye Mill Cottage

3 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£295-£509

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£295-£509

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

The Orangerie

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Bargrennan, near Glentrool, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£559-£769

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Bargrennan, near Glentrool, Dumfries & Galloway

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£559-£769

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

The Cottage

4 star rating

Glenmidge, Auldgirth, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£319-£709

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Glenmidge, Auldgirth, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£709

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

Hangingshaw Farm Cottages - Woodcock House

4 star rating

Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£645-£1495

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Hangingshaw, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£645-£1495

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

Spoutwells - The Bullpen

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£385-£765

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£385-£765

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

Sea-esta

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£275-£799

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£275-£799

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Portamaggie Cottage

4 star rating

Killantringam, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£795-£995

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Killantringam, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£795-£995

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

Kirroughtree Country House

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 24
  • Bedrooms: 11
  • Bathrooms: 11
  • Number of Pets: 2

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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Sleeps: 24 Bedrooms: 11 Bathrooms: 11 Pets: 2