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.

Forest Lodge

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£439-£669

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Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£439-£669

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

Military Drive - No 7 Military Drive

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£864-£2048

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£864-£2048

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

The Duchy

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near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£514-£1260

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near Borgue and Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£514-£1260

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

Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Stables Cottage

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£349-£23038

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Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£23038

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

Rockcliffe

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Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£338-£831

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Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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£338-£831

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

Airyhemming Dairy

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£358-£945

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Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£358-£945

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

Southcliff House

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£1024-£2578

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Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£1024-£2578

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

Dalnigap

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New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£424-£1025

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New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£424-£1025

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

West Mains Cottage

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Kirkinner, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£338-£769

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Kirkinner, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£338-£769

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

Endeavour’s End

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£288-£799

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£288-£799

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

Float Bay View, Sandhead

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Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£364-£965

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Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£364-£965

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

Carrick Cottage

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Carrick Shore, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£434-£1149

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Carrick Shore, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£434-£1149

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

Liftingstane - Liftingstane Dairy Cottage

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£394-£815

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Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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£394-£815

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

Killantrae Burn Cottages - Killantrae Burn B

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£384-£1035

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Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

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£384-£1035

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Gorsebank

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£474-£934

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Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£474-£934

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0