Dalbeattie Forest and the Scottish Riviera - from 5 miles.
This 5 day walking break comprises 4 days guided walks with a Tuesday mid week rest day or route info provided for a self-guided walk. Each day’s walk, of around 5 to 9 miles, departs from and returns to Castle Douglas using our minibus transport. Day's are interchangeable according to the weather.
You'll be starting your walk within half an hour of leaving Castle Douglas and join a core path towards the Solway Coast. After two villages you arrive at the part of the coast known by the Victorians 'The Scottish Riviera'. Climb a 'low' hill, once an old mote to get spectacukar views of the estuary. Continue through this area kept by the National Trust for Scotland to the next village where you havea tearoom and pub for refreshment.
We can pick you up here or continue a bit further.
The Southern Upland Way - from 6 miles.
While in south west Scotland you should walk a stretch of the Southern Upland Way which starts at Portpatrick on the west coast and finishes at Cockburnspath on the east coast in the Borders.
This walk does exactly that. The start point is around 40 minutes from Castle Douglas and over 2 miles along a track. You follow the way-marked trail over the hills to Sheild Rig and Drumbuie Hill before dropping down the other side to the Garroch glen. Waterside Hill is worth the extra climb if you are able to transverse a low wet part, depending on the weather, or use the detour. Cross the river into the village of St John's Town of Dalry to finish at the village pub for pickup.
Threave Estate - from 5 miles.
You can walk yourself today from Castle Douglas to Threave Estate along the old railway line path. Ring the bell for the boat to take you over to Threave Castle to learn about it's history and Archibald the Grim! Nearby you can also see the osprey's nest from the nearby viewing platform in the summer.
The National Trust for Scotland’s Threave Garden and Threave House can be visited on several different distance routes that are shown on your map. The visitor centre has a restaurant and shop.
Return back by Carlingwark loch to Castle Douglas – where you can have a look in the 'food town' with refreshment at one of the many coffee houses or for a refreshing beer at Sulwath brewery!
Fleet National Scenic Area and Gatehouse of Fleet - from 5 miles.
Gatehouse of Fleet is at the mouth of the River Fleet and in the Fleet Valley National Scenic Area.
We have several walk options from here - a hill walk to a hillside loch with a loop back down to the Valley floor and Castramont Wood, an ancient oak woodland. The Cally Woods have several walk routes at the edge of the town. Castramont Castle, accessed by the riverside path is worth a look as is a short hillside walk to Anwoth area. The third option is to take a walk to the coast with several options to bays and also to an island when the tide is low. A bonus is calling in to an ice cream farm visitor centre with tea room. Normally walks in this area would be in addition to the 4 days around Castle Douglas and Newton Stewart areas.
Brighouse Bay – from 5 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 way-marked route along the rugged coastline to arrive at views of Ross island with lighthouse. You have great views of the island where a murder took place in the early 1960s and can get fantastic views looking down onto the island. Continuing on you arrive at Ross Bay. There is the option to return to Balcary Bay from here or we can enter a woodland path to follow the shore line to another popular bay where a pickup can be arranged. You can then walk by road by the side of the River Dee estuary into Kirkcudbright artists’ town. For a guided walk today we can be flexible to have three distance options in order to have time to explore Kirkcudbright.
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