Scenic Dumfries and Galloway is the most Southerly region of Scotland, on the beautiful coastline of the Solway Firth.
With rolling hills, high uplands, sandy beaches and cliffs, it is a quiet and picturesque area with an ancient history. The landscape is dotted with ancient monuments and historic buildings.
Dumfries and Galloway is often considered somewhat off the beaten tourist trail and therefore less visited than other areas of Scotland. So it's perfect for relaxing, walking, or just taking in the wonderful countryside. The unspoilt Galloway Forest Park is in the heart of the region, and has some of the best walking routes and views, including along the Southern Upland Way. Loch Ken and Loch Trool are just two of the areas most beautiful lakes.
The area's towns and villages make good stopping off points amid all the natural beauty on offer.
Dunfries is the main town, and other towns have become known for particular reasons, such as Castle Douglas for gourmet food, the artists' community of Kirkcudbright, and Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town.
For some, this region was only ever an quick stopping off point. Gretna Green on the English border has a long history of marrying eloping couples, due to Scotland's more relaxed marriage laws, and still hosts over 4,000 weddings every year.