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Newton Stewart

 
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Newton Stewart is known as the ” Gateway to the Galloway Hills”  The  town is a great base for walkers and mountain bikers to explore the nearby Galloway Forest; the UK’s first Dark Sky Park and one of the world’s best spots for star-gazing.

This picturesque and friendly market town was founded in the mid 17th Century by William Stewart, youngest son of the 2nd Earl of Galloway. The “New Town of Stewart” was granted Burgh status by charter from King Charles II allowing a weekly market and two annual fairs to be held.

Sited on the banks of the River Cree, the town has prospered and may be regarded as the gateway to the Galloway Hills and the important historical region of the Machars. Indeed it was on a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Ninian at Whithorn, in 1329, that Robert the Bruce forded the river where the present handsome bridge stands.  Built in 1813 it replaced the old bridge of 1745 which was destroyed by floods in 1806.

Newton Stewart is the geographical centre of an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. Hillwalking here is superb. Large unspoiled areas of great natural beauty and tranquility are dominated by the Merrick at 830m and the slightly lower eminence of Cairnsmore. The latter and Wigtown Bay are world class nature reserves. Ornithologists flock to the area together with the geese and other migrant birds during the winter and spring. Trails, developed by Forest Enterprise, for walkers and cyclists and unlimited coastal pathways complete the picture.

Robert Burns’ “Flow’ry Banks o’ Cree” give access for salmon anglers in pursuit of their quarry while trout and coarse fishers are provided with excellent sport in the burns and lochs which abound here. Last, but not least, the sea fishing, available from both shore and boat, is of good quality. In season, deer stalking and rough shooting may be pursued in the vicinity, while for others, the town boasts an 18 hole golf course, tennis courts and green and carpet bowling. The recently renovated Merrick Pool may be used by the public at weekends and during the holidays. The newly furbished cinema will crown the entertainment provided by hotels and public houses.

Further interest and enjoyment may be discovered in the local museum housed in the old St. John’s Church. A wide variety of shops provide the visitor and local people alike with a friendly, personal service and there is a good choice of venues for wining and dining

Events

Galloway Hills Rally 2019
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Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music and Dance Festival 2019
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The Swallow Theatre 2019
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Walk Fest Newton Stewart 2019
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Wigtown Book Festival 2019
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Attractions

Rusko Art Holidays Galloway
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Galloway Forest Park
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Newton Stewart Walking Festival
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Barholm Cycle Hire
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Barholm Arts and Crafts
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Segway Tours
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Glenquicken Farm Trout Fishery
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Logan Fishpond Marine Life Centre
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Linda Irving Felt Artist
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Studio 17
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Cally Gardens and Kevin Hughes’ Specialist Plant Nursery
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Kippford Classic Car and Camper Hire
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Logan Botanic Garden
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Mossyard Farm Pottery
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Elmlea Plants
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Priory Antiques
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Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
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The Swallow Theatre
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Wigtown Festival Company
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Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally
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Castle Kennedy Gardens
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Galloway Forest Park – Bruntis Loch @ Kirroughtree
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Galloway Hills The Merrick
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Mountain Biking
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Newton Stewart Angling Association
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Newton Stewart Cinema
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Newton Stewart Golf Club
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The Bruce Hotel
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Food and Drink

Laggan Outdoor
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ReadingLasses
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Basecamp Cafe at Laggan
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Beltie Books and Cafe
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Crafty Distillery & Tree Bar & Cafe
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St Ninian’s Tearoom, The Isle of Whithorn
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Marrbury Smokehouse Deli and Bistro
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The Riverbank Cafe
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The View
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Criffel Coaches
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The Belted Galloway Visitor Centre
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The Mill on the Fleet
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Creetown Gem Rock Museum
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Glenwhan Gardens, Arboretum and Tea Room
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Sulwath Brewers Ltd
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The Pheasant
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A. D. Rattray’s Whisky Experience & Whisky Shop
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Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre & Cafe
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Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre Cafe
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Galloway Wild Foods
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Henrys Bay House Restaurant, Stranraer
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Kirroughtree Visitor Centre Cafe
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