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.

5 Tannery Brae

3 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£309-£489

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£309-£489

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Dalskairth Mews

4 star rating

By Mabie Forest, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£445-£445

4 star rating
By Mabie Forest, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£445-£445

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

Seaview Cottage

4 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£409-£875

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£409-£875

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

Wee Dug Hoose

4 star rating

Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£375-£885

4 star rating
Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£885

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

Rig Cottage

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Durisdeer, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£335-£585

3 star rating
Durisdeer, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£585

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

Waverley

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£349-£879

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£879

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

Summerlea Cottage

4 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£405-£849

4 star rating
Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£405-£849

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

Mid Bishopton Farm Cottages - Mid Bishopton Cottage

4 star rating

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£549-£1009

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£549-£1009

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

Military Drive - 8 Military Drive

4 star rating

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£855-£2135

4 star rating
Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£855-£2135

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

Loch View

4 star rating

Colvend, near Kippford, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£1055

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Colvend, near Kippford, Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£1055

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

Lilac Cottage

3 star rating

Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£349-£665

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£665

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

The Duchy

5 star rating

near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£515-£1379

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near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£515-£1379

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

Endeavour’s End

4 star rating

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£349-£849

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£849

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

The Potting Shed

4 star rating

Leswalt, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£395-£889

4 star rating
Leswalt, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£395-£889

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

Cressfield Villa

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Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£439-£1089

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Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£439-£1089

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