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.

High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: The Byre

4 star rating

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£349-£785

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£349-£785

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

Blink Bonnie

3 star rating

Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£485-£1309

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Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£485-£1309

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

The Loft

3 star rating

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£268-£530

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Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£268-£530

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

Erin View

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Glenluce near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£379-£999

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Glenluce near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£379-£999

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

Glencroft

4 star rating

near Portpatrick, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£365-£839

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near Portpatrick, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£365-£839

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

Hawthorn Cottage

4 star rating

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£479-£935

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Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£479-£935

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

Drumwall - Galloway View

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£426-£612

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

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£426-£612

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

Harbour Row - Gigha

4 star rating

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£325-£819

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Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£325-£819

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

Dornock Brow Cottage

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Dornock near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£391-£810

4 star rating
Dornock near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£391-£810

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

Iona Cottage

3 star rating

Ruthwell near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£269-£765

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Ruthwell near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£269-£765

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

Roseburn Cottage

4 star rating

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£289-£599

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Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

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£289-£599

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

Townhead Mill

4 star rating

Thornhill, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£369-£955

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Thornhill, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£369-£955

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

Seascape

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£499-£835

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£499-£835

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

Seascape and Sea Rise Cottages - Sea Rise

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Southerness, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£679-£1515

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Southerness, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£679-£1515

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

Seaview Cottage

4 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£319-£855

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£319-£855

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