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.

Olafs Cottage

3 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£1139

3 star rating
Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£1139

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

Shore Cottage

4 star rating

Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£545-£975

4 star rating
Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£545-£975

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

Tign An Uruisge

4 star rating

Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£959

4 star rating
Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£959

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

The Cottage

4 star rating

Garlieston, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£435-£1499

4 star rating
Garlieston, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£435-£1499

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

Riverside Cottages - Fishing Cottage

4 star rating

Sanquhar, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£654-£791

4 star rating
Sanquhar, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£654-£791

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

Craigenrae

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 3

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£465-£945

4 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£465-£945

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 3

West Barr Cottage

4 star rating

near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£1105

4 star rating
near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£1105

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

Halleaths Home Farm

4 star rating

Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£579-£1809

4 star rating
Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway

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£579-£1809

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Caerlaverock Farmhouse

3 star rating

Caerlaverock, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£1069-£2885

3 star rating
Caerlaverock, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1069-£2885

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 0

Rocky Knowe

3 star rating

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£655-£1399

3 star rating
Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£655-£1399

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

5 Church Square

4 star rating

Rigg, near Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£295-£525

4 star rating
Rigg, near Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway

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£295-£525

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

Sanderling

5 star rating

Port o’Warren, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£1207

5 star rating
Port o’Warren, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£1207

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

Sea-esta

4 star rating

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£275-£785

4 star rating
Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£275-£785

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Kipp Paddock - Bluebell Lodge

4 star rating

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£439-£925

4 star rating
Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£439-£925

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

Orchard Cottage

4 star rating

Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£689-£1655

4 star rating
Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£689-£1655

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