Newton Stewart, Wigtown and the Rhins of Galloway

Newton Stewart, Wigtown and the Rhins of Galloway

The town of Newton Stewart is probably the most popular centre for visitors to the western half Galloway. To the northeast is Glen Trool and its beautiful loch, one of the main gateways to the Galloway hills and forests. South of the town is Wigtown - seemingly a sleepy place but home to a great literary festival and Scotland's capital when it comes to second hand books. Wigtown is the gateway to the Machars, a largely low lying peninsula with a special atmosphere, a fascinating history and an interesting coastline.

The Rhins peninsula makes up the furthest reaches of the southwest. Whilst Stranraer is well known as the main ferry port for Northern Ireland, the rest of this remote corner of Scotland well repays exploration. The ultima thule here is the Mull of Galloway, the southernmost point in Scotland, a spectacular headland with fine cliffs and masses of seabirds.


Walk Grade Length Time
Dunskey Castle from Portpatrick grade2km 1 hour
Monreith Estate, near Port William grade2.5km 1 hour
Ardwell Pond walk grade2.5km 1 hour
Riverside Walk, Newton Stewart grade2.6km 45 min - 1 hour
Ardwell Bay and Doon broch grade3km 1 hour
Aldouran Glen, Leswalt grade3km 1 hour
St Ninian's Cave from Kisdale, near Whithorn grade3.25km 1 hour
Wig Sands, near Kirkcolm grade3.25km 1 hour
Garnets Walk, Port William grade3.75km 1 hour
Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart grade3.75km 1 - 1.5 hours
Knockman Wood, Newton Stewart grade4.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Dunskey Glen, near Portpatrick grade4.75km 1.5 hours
Balloch Wood, Creetown grade5km 1 hour
Kirroughtree Forest walks, near Newton Stewart grade5.25km 1.5 - 2 hours
Torrs Warren, near Dunragit grade6.25km 2 hours
Wigtown explorer grade8.5km 2 hours
Drummore and Castle Clanyard, Drummore grade9km 2.5 - 3 hours
Rigg Bay and Cruggleton Castle, from Garlieston grade10.25km 2.5 - 3 hours
Murray's Monument, near Newton Stewart gradegrade3km 1 hour
Salt Pans Bay from Galdenoch Castle, near Leswalt gradegrade4.6km 1.5 hours
St Ninian's Cave from Burrowhead gradegrade7.25km 2 - 3 hours
Water of Trool, Glen Trool gradegrade7.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Stairhaven Coastal Circuit, Stairhaven gradegrade8.5km 2.5 - 3 hours
Burrow Head Coastal Circuit, Isle of Whithorn gradegrade8.75km 2.5 - 3 hours
Loch Trool trail, Glen Trool gradegrade9km 2.5 - 3 hours
New Luce and the Caves of Kilhern gradegrade9km 2 - 3 hours
Killantringan Lighthouse circuit, Portpatrick gradegrade10km 3 - 4.5 hours
Mull of Galloway gradegrade10.5km 3.5 - 4.5 hours
Water of Minnoch circuit, Glen Trool gradegrade11.25km 3 - 3.5 hours
Shalloch on Minnoch via the north ridge gradegradegrade9.5km 3 - 4 hours
Cairnsmore of Fleet, near Newton Stewart gradegradegrade12.25km 3.5 - 5 hours
The Merrick, from Loch Trool gradegradegrade13.25km 4 - 5 hours
Millfore from Black Loch gradegradegradegrade11km 4 - 5 hours
The Merrick via Loch Valley, from Glen Trool gradegradegradegrade15km 5 - 6 hours
Curleywee and Lamachan Hill, Glen Trool gradegradegradegrade17km 6.5 - 7.5 hours
Mull of Galloway Trail 59km 3 stages
Southern Upland Way 338km 12 stages

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