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.

Stable Cottage

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£285-£739

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Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£285-£739

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

Cot Cottage

4 star rating

Ringford, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1285-£3299

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Ringford, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1285-£3299

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

Church Cottage

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Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£255-£619

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Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£255-£619

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

Ardmhor

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1139-£2629

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1139-£2629

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Craigieburn

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Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£495-£1459

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Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£1459

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

Jasmine Cottage

4 star rating

Collin, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£405-£1155

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Collin, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£1155

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

The Cottage

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Garlieston, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£1025

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Garlieston, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£1025

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

Number 12

4 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£275-£429

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£275-£429

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

Maughold Cottage

4 star rating

Low Killantrae, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£749

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Low Killantrae, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£749

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

Criffel Lodge

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Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£280-£700

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Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£280-£700

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

Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Jura

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£869

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£869

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

Gullsway

4 star rating

Glencaple, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 9
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£549-£1595

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Glencaple, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£549-£1595

Sleeps: 9 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

The Dairy & The Stables at Drumlane - The Stables

4 star rating

Laurieston, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£412-£880

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Laurieston, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£412-£880

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

Glencroft

4 star rating

near Portpatrick, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£315-£859

4 star rating
near Portpatrick, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£859

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

Culquhasen

3 star rating

Newton Stewart, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£489-£1369

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Newton Stewart, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£1369

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