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Sport and leisure activities in and around Newton Stewart
Sports and Outdoor Activities in Newton Stewart

Sport & Leisure Activities in Galloway:



An indoor swimming pool at the Merrick Leisure Centre is located beside the Douglas Ewart High School on Corsbie Road. This is operated by the Dumfries & Galloway Council as a dual-use resource for the school and community, maintaining a programme for public swimming as well as special times for children and disabled people. Within the Merrick Centre there are also spa pool, sauna and fitness suite.
The Ryan Leisure Centre in Stranraer has a group of leisure pools suitable for all the family, with flumes and a beach area.
There are several beaches within half an hour's drive of Newton Stewart which provide safe swimming in the sea, as well as other water sports.
Useful Links
Merrick Leisure Centre
Ryan Leisure Centre


There is an outdoor bowling green next to Penninghame St John's Parish Church in Church Street.
The Indoor Carpet Bowling Centre in Old Minnigaff, recently closed.


The Newton Stewart Tennis Club has hard courts in York Road. Visitors are welcome to use the courts and a notice on the gate describes where bookings can be made and where rackets may be hired.


Stranraer Half Marathon Plus Junior Runs in June - with races and fun runs on offer on the day of the event there is something for all the family to run.
Stranraer 10K Road Race in November. Have fun and enjoy running!


For curling enthusiasts, and in due season (October to April), a curling rink is located in the North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer. (25 miles from NS)


Dumfries Ice Bowl (50 miles from NS) has an ice rink, bowling and cafeteria.

If you would like more information about the Newton Stewart area, contact or visit the Newton Stewart Tourist Information Centre in Dashwood Square, which is open April - October inclusive.
Phone: 01671 402431

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