Gateway to the Galloway Hills and Forest Park, outdoor activities centre Newton Stewart sits on the southern edge of the UK’s largest forest park, criss-crossed by some of the country’s best mountain bike trails. Woodland walks, coastal trails, beautiful beaches and a choice of nature reserves also feature around Newton Stewart, and you’re in prime salmon angling territory along the River Cree.
Choose from an extensive range of accommodation options in the Newton Stewart area. Stay in budget family friendly caravan parks and Youth Hostels or opt for welcoming B&B guest houses. The town centre is a picture-postcard scene of independent craft and village food shops, bike and outdoor clothing shops, cosy cafes and traditional real ale inns. Restaurant choice is also excellent in the town, featuring everything from charming tearooms and hearty pub meals to Balti restaurants and Chinese takeaways.
Enjoy world and mainstream cinema in the beautiful Art Deco Cinema in Newton Stewart centre and discover the social history of the Galloway in the town museum. Other attractions in and around Newton Stewart include the collection of vintage agricultural vehicles and instruments in The Taylor Collection at Barraer and the Bladnoch Distillery situated just 8 miles from Newton Stewart.
Tour the bookshops of book town Wigton or take the kids to the interactive Creetown Gem Rock Museum or Cream o Galloway organic farm with 3D maze, cycle hire and trails and the farm’s delicious ice cream. This far west area of Dumfries & Galloway is rich in a range of attractions from gardens to heritage sites including Bruce’s Stone at Glentrool, a monument to a number of battles led by Bruce in the area.
The three main visitor centres in the Galloway Forest Park, including main visitor centre Glentool just north of Newton Stewart, are all within easy reach. Enjoy everything from water skiing and mountain biking to woodland trails and star gazing in Galloway Forest Park, one of only four Dark Sky designated parks in the world. Browse places to stay in Newton Stewart near the Southern Upland Way & book online now.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.