Dumfries and Galloway
One of Scotland's largest but least populated regions, Dumfries & Galloway stretches from the exotic Logan Botanic Gardens in the far west to the illicit romance of Gretna Green on the border with England. Dumfries and Galloway is home to Scotland's only Book Town, in Wigtown - once a tired port, now revitalised and alive with literature.
Although at first glance an empty land, dominated by the Galloway Forest Park, it doesn't take long to find attractive villages such as Portpatrick or Castle Douglas, bustling market towns, secluded gardens and invigorating country walks.
Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, spent much of his adult life in and around Dumfries as an exciseman - he died there in 1796 of rheumatic fever and is buried in St Michael's churchyard.