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.
Screel / Bengairn to Balcary Bay – around 8 miles
Today’s walk, starting only 15 minutes from Castle Douglas starts with a hill walk to Screel, a popular hill walk and Bengairn (391), slightly higher, both with spectacular views over the Solway Firth towards the Lake District of England.
After descending from Bengairn we have different options to visit Auchencairn village, with shop, and on by Auchencairn Bay to Balcary Bay, another popular location with coastal walk options. A hotel is at Balcary Bay which can be a lunch or afternoon tea stop!
Almorness Circuit – 8.5 miles
This is a popular walk known by locals to the Almorness peninsula, with a secluded sandy bay at the point. We begin the walk from Palnackie village, which has tea room and a pub for refreshment at the end of the walk. After a detour to Orchardton Tower, we head for the peninsula and pick our way along the coastline to the end at Almorness Point. Here you have great views over Heston island, which could possibly be accessed at low tide by the causeway. We next visit White Port and Horse Isles Bays before heading back along the other side of the peninsula. Along part of the walk you have views over Rough Firth and Rockliffe and Kippford villages.
The Glenkens Circuit – around 8 miles
The Glenkens is a distinct uplands area of Galloway at the head of Loch Ken with several small communities including St. John’s Town of Dalry and New Galloway, Scotland’s smallest Royal burgh.
On the walk today we have flexibility of several walk options in and around St. John’s Town of Dalry including hill and riverside walks. After lunch at a local hotel we take a riverside or countryside walk to New Galloway with inter3esting features on either route, including a hydro power station with fish ladder. In New Galloway, the Catstrand arts centre or two popular tea rooms are available for end of walk refreshment.
Threave Walk – from 7 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 and 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. Today can even be a rest day during your walking holiday.
On return to the town we have a refreshment, e.g. an artisan bakery cafe, a chocolates producing tea room or Sulwath brewery.
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