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.

The Glen Farmhouse

4 star rating

Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
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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

Glendower Apartment

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Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£655

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Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£655

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

Lochryan View

4 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£399-£689

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£399-£689

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

Hillhead Cottage

4 star rating

Leswalt, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£375-£649

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Leswalt, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£649

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

Carrick Cottage

4 star rating

Carrick Shore, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£629-£1505

4 star rating
Carrick Shore, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£629-£1505

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

High Street

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£789-£1599

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£789-£1599

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

Edenville

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£445-£965

4 star rating
Gatehouse of Fleet near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£965

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

Little Cottage

4 star rating

Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£749

4 star rating
Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£749

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

Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Stables Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£418-£994

4 star rating
Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£418-£994

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

The Moat House

5 star rating

Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1045-£2949

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Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1045-£2949

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

Curlew Cottage

4 star rating

Creetown, near Newton Stewart , Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£835

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Creetown, near Newton Stewart , Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£835

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

Swallow Lodge

4 star rating

Bardennoch West, near Carsphairn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£805

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Bardennoch West, near Carsphairn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£805

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

Arbigland Farms - West Lodge

4 star rating

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£498-£773

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Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£498-£773

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