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.

Ardath

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Cairnryan near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£669

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Cairnryan near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£669

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

Ellenslea

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Carsphairn near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£281-£460

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Carsphairn near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£281-£460

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

Military Drive - 4 Military Drive

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£875-£2065

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£875-£2065

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

The Old Sunday School

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Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£505-£799

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Buittle, Castle Douglas., Dumfries & Galloway

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£505-£799

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Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Islay

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£509-£1029

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£509-£1029

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

Rowan Cottage

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Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£324-£650

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Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£324-£650

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

Military Drive - No 7 Military Drive

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£889-£2035

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£889-£2035

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

Conheath Gatelodge

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Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£415-£965

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Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£415-£965

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

Out of the World

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Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£359-£1085

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Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£1085

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

Clauchan Farm - The Bothy

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near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£269-£479

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near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£269-£479

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

The Orangerie

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Bargrennan, near Glentrool, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£519-£1049

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Bargrennan, near Glentrool, Dumfries & Galloway

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£519-£1049

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

The Carriage

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Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£795

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Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£795

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

Caerlaverock Cottages - Fisherman Cottage

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£295-£895

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£295-£895

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

Arbigland Farm Cottages - Lapwing Lodge

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Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£23038

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Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

Bothy Cottage

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Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£345-£515

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Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£345-£515

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