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.

Mid Bishopton Farm Cottages - Cotters Cottage

4 star rating

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£489-£1025

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Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

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£489-£1025

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Woodend

4 star rating

Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£555-£1089

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Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£555-£1089

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Seascape

4 star rating

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£525-£929

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Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

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£525-£929

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High Street

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£755-£1685

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Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

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£755-£1685

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

Beckhead

4 star rating

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£504-£1228

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Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

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£504-£1228

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Kirkland Burn

4 star rating

Tinwald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£639-£745

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Tinwald, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£639-£745

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

Caerlaverock Cottages - Rowan Cottage

4 star rating

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£425-£1095

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Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£425-£1095

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

Brae Cottage

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Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£375-£1009

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Mabie, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£375-£1009

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

Gardener’s Cottage

4 star rating

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£359-£1089

4 star rating
Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£359-£1089

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

Rose Cottage

4 star rating

Crocketford, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£555-£1389

4 star rating
Crocketford, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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£555-£1389

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

Liddle Apartment

4 star rating

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£0-£986

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Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

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£0-£986

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The Garden Studio

4 star rating

Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

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Steading Cottage

4 star rating

Creetown, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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£0-£0

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Creetown, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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Hawthorn Cottage

4 star rating

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£519-£1495

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Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

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£519-£1495

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 0

Riverside

4 star rating

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£335-£849

4 star rating
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

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£335-£849

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