Welcome to Newton Stewart - Gateway to the Galloway Hills
Also included is information for visitors about places to stay, where to shop & eat, services available and how to travel to and around this beautiful, unspoilt area.
The aim of this web site is to act as a guide to the many attractions, events and activities, available in and around the picturesque market town in the centre of Galloway, south west Scotland.
The Galloway Hills & Galloway Forest ParkGalloway has the unique benefit of a range of magnificent hills, set around and within the vast Galloway Forest Park, the largest in Britain with 300 square miles of forest, moorland, lochs and peaks. Combined with rolling farmland and over 200 miles of coastline, the opportunities for healthy, natural, outdoor activities are almost limitless. Newton Stewart sits at the geographical centre of this outdoor enthusiasts' paradise.
The River Cree gives access for salmon anglers, while trout and coarse fishers are provided with excellent sport in the local burns and lochs. Sea angling is available from both shore and boat.
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 bowling.
The town's Merrick Leisure Centre is available to the public at weekends and during the holidays for swimming and indoor sports.
The community-owned 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, and within an hour's drive you will find many fascinating and varied visitor attractions.
The Ideal Holiday LocationEasily accessible from the central belt of Scotland, from the north of England and from Northern Ireland - less than 3 hours drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Carlisle or Newcastle and a short hop on the ferry from Belfast.
In spite of it's ease of access from these major population centres, Galloway remains largely unknown as a holiday destination and consequently does not suffer the overcrowding and high prices of the Highlands or the Lake District. The pace of life is slower, there are few traffic jams, and the people are welcoming and helpful.
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 a gateway for the Galloway Hills to the north and east, and to the historically important area known as the Machars to the south & west. 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 Cree Bridge stands.
The area is richly populated by castles, monuments, earthworks and archaeological sites of interest, which may be explored at leisure.
For those who prefer the freedom and informality of self-catering holidays, there are country cottages & farmhouses, chalets, caravans & camping - all maintained to the highest standards.
There is a good choice of cafes & restaurants in Newton Stewart.
However you choose to spend your time, and however long you stay for, have a good holiday and haste ye back!