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.

Rockcliffe

3 star rating

Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£495-£1089

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Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£495-£1089

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

Hidden Hideaway at Low Glengyre

4 star rating

Ervie, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£775-£1535

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Ervie, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£775-£1535

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

Ancrum House

5 star rating

Gretna Green , Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£1569-£1885

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Gretna Green , Dumfries & Galloway

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£1569-£1885

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 0

Little Boreland

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 9
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£475-£1355

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£475-£1355

Sleeps: 9 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Glenbank

4 star rating

Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£309-£1199

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£1199

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

Claremont

4 star rating

Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£409-£1345

4 star rating
Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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£409-£1345

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

Holly Cottage

3 star rating

Colvend, near Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£319-£1305

3 star rating
Colvend, near Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£1305

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

Ernglass

3 star rating

Drumstinshall, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£509-£509

3 star rating
Drumstinshall, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£509-£509

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

Beckhead

4 star rating

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£580-£1135

4 star rating
Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£580-£1135

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Mews Lane Cottage

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£391-£1469

4 star rating
Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£391-£1469

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

Bengairn

4 star rating

Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£319-£1409

4 star rating
Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£1409

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

Arbigland Farms - Powillimount Cottage

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Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£667-£980

3 star rating
Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£667-£980

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

Cedar Lodge

4 star rating

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1070-£2734

4 star rating
Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1070-£2734

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

Glenhoul Brae

4 star rating

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£895-£1955

4 star rating
Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£895-£1955

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

The Nook At Balcary

4 star rating

Balcary, near Auchencairn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£859

4 star rating
Balcary, near Auchencairn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£859

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