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.

Home Farm - The Farmhouse

4 star rating

Dunragit, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 16
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1475-£2895

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Dunragit, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1475-£2895

Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 6 Pets: 2

Old School

4 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£901

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£901

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

Park Cottage

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£929-£1859

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£929-£1859

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Drumwall - Fleet View

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£590-£1403

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£590-£1403

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

Tartan Escapes - 20 Chalet Road

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£495-£995

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£995

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

Tartan Escapes - 23 Chalet Road

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£495-£995

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£995

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

Ramerish Retreat

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Laurieston, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£679-£1509

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Laurieston, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£679-£1509

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

Waulkmill Cottage

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Carronbridge near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£315-£749

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Carronbridge near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£749

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

Rosehearty

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New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£369-£609

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New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£609

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

The Toon Hoose

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£525-£1339

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£525-£1339

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

Saltlife Cottage

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£565-£1025

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£565-£1025

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

Burnbank

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Kirkgunzeon, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£329-£1349

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Kirkgunzeon, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£329-£1349

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

Kirklea Cottage

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£745-£1095

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Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£745-£1095

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

Fisherman’s Cottage

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£549-£1015

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Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£549-£1015

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

Machermore Castle - Machermore Castle

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£2549-£4695

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Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£2549-£4695

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 7 Pets: 0