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.

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-£1379

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Carrick Shore, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£629-£1379

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

Knocknon Cottage

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Balmaclellan near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£279-£599

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Balmaclellan near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£279-£599

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

Lapstone Cottage

3 star rating

Mouswald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£305-£439

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Mouswald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£305-£439

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

Sunnyhill View

4 star rating

Holywood, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£369-£369

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Holywood, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£369

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

Military Drive - No 7 Military Drive

4 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£815-£2145

4 star rating
Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£815-£2145

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

Threave Estate - Granary Cottage

3 star rating

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£459-£799

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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£459-£799

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

Kirkennan Mews

4 star rating

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£320-£680

4 star rating
Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£320-£680

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

Float Bay View, Sandhead

4 star rating

Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£355-£885

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Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£355-£885

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Clauchan Farm - The Barn

3 star rating

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£459-£869

3 star rating
near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£459-£869

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

West Auchensheen

0 star rating

Colvend near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£945

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Colvend near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£945

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

Airyhemming - Kelbrook

4 star rating

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£545-£1585

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£545-£1585

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

Kirkennan Lodge

3 star rating

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£400-£735

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Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£400-£735

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Lintie Cottage

4 star rating

Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£315-£655

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Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£315-£655

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

Arkland Mill

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£369-£1159

4 star rating
Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£1159

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

West Barr Farmhouse

4 star rating

near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£625-£1345

4 star rating
near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£625-£1345

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