Sandyhills to Dalbeattie – 10+ 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. After lunch you continue through the Dalbeattie forest to the town of Dalbeattie.
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. As well as exploring the Estate walks, including to a bird hide on a river island, you can visit two nearby villages by a quiet road on the way to Threave Garden, or take a shortcut path. You can also return to the town by Carlingwark loch where you have the choice of refreshment places including an artisan bakery cafe, a chocolates producing tea room and Sulwath brewery.
Loch Whinyeon Circuit – 10 miles +
You begin your walk in Gatehouse of Fleet, a town we often use for accommodation. A woodland and hill walk takes you to the edge of a forest with nearby hill with trig point, which you may or may not wish to climb the extra distance to. If not, with great views you walk downhill to Loch Whinyeon, which provided water to the cotton mills in Gatehouse. You skirt part of the loch and walk down the main path. Another path takes you down to the Water of Fleet glen from where you return to the town. You have then option to continue your walk to the coast, old harbour and other places which we can advise on.
Cairnsmore of Carsphairn (800m) – 10 miles.
This is a proper hill walk from near the village of Carsphairn in the north of the Stewartry area. It takes around 45 mins to reach the village from Castle Douglas, or we can arrange accommodation to include this and other walks in this area. You begin this circular walk from the quaintly named ‘Green Well of Scotland’. On the way back down, by a different route, you emerge at the other side of the village and an ideal location to walk to the popular tea room.
Merrick – 10 miles+
Merrick, at 843 metres, is the highest hill in the south of Scotland. The basic walk to the top from the car park path is 8 miles there and back. The walk can be extended by another 4 miles by parking at the visitor centre. This includes a further two miles riverside walk on the Southern Upland way and two miles by road or track. This area has accessible ‘Scottish Highlands’ like scenery with even more rugged circular walk options which we can discuss. The visitor centre has a cafe and a hotel is a few miles away.
Isle of Whithorn to St Ninians Cave – 11 miles
This walk is at the tip of the Machars peninsula, at the Isle of Whithorn, which is not really an island. You start from this scenic harbour village with fishing and pleasure boats and simply walk by the coast towards a holiday park. Part of the cult film, the Wicker man, was filmed in this area including the dramatic burning scene. The area was also used during wartime for anti-aircraft artillery range at Burrowhead. St Ninians Cave is still visited in annual pilgrimages. Crosses and early Christian carved stones have been found in the cave which can now be found at Whit horn Priory Musuem. You return to Whithorn by a service and a public road unless you wish to detour to the town of Whithorn itself and get a taxi or public transport back to the start. As always we can give advise and assistance at the welcome meeting on your arrival.
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.
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