Brighouse Bay to Kirkcudbright – around 10 miles.
Brighouse Bay is a beauty spot near Kirkcudbright and is featured by E. A. Hornell and some of the Kirkcudbright artists in the early 1800’s. You begin by following the rugged coastline passing Ross island with lighthouse offshore to Ross Bay. You then enter a wood path to follow the shore line to another popular bay.
The last part of this walk takes you by road by the side of the River Dee estuary into Kirkcudbright artists’ town.
Threave Estate – 10+ miles.
Threave Estate is a National Trust for Scotland property at the edge of Castle Douglas. Threave Garden with Threave House is one of the most popular gardens in Scotland are is on the walk route. Threave Castle, in a separate location on the Estate and situated on an island in the River Dee is accessed by ringing the bell for the ferry boat! Also see an ospreys nest nearby in the summer. Apart from the Estate walks, there are several other walk options including nearby villages, Carlingwark loch and Castle Douglas itself.
On return to the town we advise on refreshment places, e.g. an artisan bakery cafe, a chocolates producing tea room and Sulwath brewery.
Southern Upland Way - Craigenbay to New Galloway – 13 miles.
Experience part of the Southern Upland Way cross country signposted walking route today – full length 212 miles – and visit two small towns in the Glenkens.
The Clachan Inn at Dalry is an ideal refreshment stop with good food. Alternatively there is a general store small shop in Dalry – across the road from the pub.
After Dalry, initially follow the Water of Ken river and take an other countryside path (not signposted) to New Galloway which has an arts centre and two excellent tea rooms.
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