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  • Outdoor activities in Newton Stewart area of Dumfries and Galloway

Outdoor Activities in Dumfries & Galloway

Walks, Lochs & Mountains

The best way to get to know the Dumfries & Galloway region of Scotland is on foot. The region is set among some of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs and mountains - a walk through Glentrool rewards you with a stunning view of Loch Trool.

The annual week-long Newton Stewart Walkfest in May is a fun way to enjoy the scenery with other enthusiasts. Elsewhere detailed walking trails keep you on the right track for your Dumfries walks through varying landscapes and picturesque settings.

The Southern Upland Way

The Southern Upland Way is Scotland’s coast to coast National Trail. It covers a large part of Scotland and is a highlight for walkers among the many outdoor things to do in Dumfries & Galloway.

Opened in 1984, the Southern Upland Way was Britain’s first official coast-to-coast footpath. In its 212-mile route across southern Scotland it crosses a remarkable variety of scenery, from the coastal cliffs at Portpatrick on the west coast, through the wild uplands around Lowther Hill, to the fertile glens by St Mary’s Loch and Traquair, and ending in the east at Cockburnspath.

The complete route remains an exhilarating challenge for the serious walker, but now 64 short walks have also been created which take the Way as their starting point. These are a few kilometres each, suited to all levels of ability, and are an ideal introduction to the interest and beauty of the southern countryside.

Gardens in Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries & Galloway is a region well-known for its gardens. From the azaleas of Castle Kennedy Gardens to rare and exotic species at Glenwhan Gardens, the colour and variety is breathtaking.

Wildlife Attractions in Scotland

Discover some of the wildlife native to Dumfries & Galloway at parks and reserves. From Newton Stewart it is an easy drive to the Wood of Cree Nature Reserve, Kirkcudbright Wildlife Park and Wigtown Bay Nature Reserve to see Scottish birds and wildlife in their natural habitat.  Look out for red squirrels, pine martins and otters as you tour the area.

Local Nature Reserves & Parks: