Livingstone Hill – around 8 miles
You start from an old church beside Loch Ken from where to walk up Livingstone Hill. A detour gives you the best views over the Loch Ken and beyond. Ken Dee Marshes RSPB nature reserve can be visited on this walk, with bird hides as a detour beside the loch, or we have a shorter route continuing over the hill. A quiet country road gets you to the village of Laurieston with a photographic gallery and memorial to SR Crockett.
Apart from the scenery, a bonus attraction to this walk is a visit to the daily red kite feeding spectacle at Bellymack Farm where up to around 100 red kites arrive at feeding time (entrance fee). The walk ends by following the old country 'kirk road' track, formerly used by churchgoers between Laurieston and the church start point.
The Colvend Coast – around 6.5 miles.
A popular linear coastal walk from one of the best beaches in the area along the rocky coastine passing through Portling and Port o’ Warren hamlets to Gutcher’s Isle viewpoint – where we watched a porpoise the last time there! You later walk between Rockliffe and Kippford on the Jubilee Path, with detour options to the River Urr estuary. The Mote of Mark is worth a short climb along the way. This area was known by the Victorians as the Scottish Riviera. You have the option to walk a further four miles through Dalbeattie forest to Dalbeattie.
Dalry to New Galloway – around 7 miles
Begin by following the Southern Upland Way cross country walking route over Waterside Hill to Garroch Glen. Pass your second hydro power station with fish ladder. After a quiet road stretch you head over the hills, passing an old firearms training / ammunition building used by the home guard, to join a road to New Galloway, the smallest Royal burgh in Scotland. The Catstrand arts centre and two excellent tea rooms provide refreshment at the end. A riverside circuit to a pub is possible for extra miles.
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