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Entertainment and Visitor Attractions in the Newton Stewart area

The Cinema in Newton StewartCinemaNewton Stewart Cinema
www.nscinema.co.uk
The Cinema, with its classic art-deco frontage, is a prominent feature of Victoria Street. This is a community-owned facility showing recently-released films, which also provides a venue for "live" theatre, concerts and shows at intervals throughout the year. Superb facility accommodating 240. May be booked for private functions and screenings.

 

Newton Stewart MuseumNewton Stewart MuseumNewton Stewart Museum
Museum website - for opening times & further information.
Housed in the former St John's Church, the Museum contains a wealth of historical treasures, photographs & atrefacts, with exciting and interesting displays of the natural and social history of Galloway.
Run entirely by volunteers, to provide an informative, memorable and entertaining experience for visitors and locals alike. Help with local family history and group visits can be arranged with Mrs R Wood on 01671 402677.
For details of the other museums in the region, visit the D&G Museums website.

 

Kirroughtree Visitor Centre in Galloway Forest ParkGlentrool Visitor Centre in Galloway Forest ParkVisitor Centres in Galloway Forest Park
This great forest covers an area of 293 square miles and it is being developed for public use, as an activity area with marked trails for walking & mountain biking, star-gazing events, sculptures and picnic areas. There are 3 Visitor Centres: Glentrool (right), Clatteringshaws, and a brand new centre at Kirroughtree (left), open at weekends through winter, daily from March 2015.

 

The Taylor collection at Barraer Farmagricultural tools and machinery at Barraer FarmThe Taylor Collection at Barraer
This charts the advancement of agricultural production, with a local twist, from subsistence farming to post-war mechanisation. A unique compilation of agricultural implements from scythes and ploughs to tractors and hay balers, many with intriguing stories attached. Come and hear the story straight from the Farmer's mouth! Enjoy the wonderful views to the Galloway Hills.
Please phone to arrange a visit: 01671 402184, or visit the Taylors' website.

 

Wigtown Scotlands National BooktownWigtown Scotlands National BooktownWigtown Book Town
www.wigtown-booktown.co.uk
Scotland's National Book Town is only 7 miles from Newton Stewart, with 25 book related businesses, including 18 book shops. The Scottish Book Town Festival takes place at the end of September, with various other events throughout the year including the Book Town Spring Weekend. Street markets are held on Saturdays from spring till autumn.

 

Gemrock Museum at CreetownGemrock Museum at CreetownCreetown Gem Rock Museum
www.gemrock.net
Experience this world class collection of gemstones, crystals, fossils, rocks and minerals. A fully interactive museum in Creetown, 6 miles from Newton Stewart, with lots to see and do for all the family. As well as the fascinating collection, there is a gift shop, study facilities and a cafe serving delicious lunches and refreshments.

 


Cream o Galloway Organic FarmCream o Galloway adventure playground mazeCream o Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet
www.creamogalloway.co.uk
Fabulous adventure play for adults and children to play together with Flying Fox, Pedal Karts, Go Boing and indoor play area with an 'under 6s' corner.  Famous for luxury homemade ice cream, the centre has a tearoom, garden and nature trails. Book for the daily Ice Cream Tasting event at 1.30pm and for Finlay's Farm & Creamery Tour at 2.45pm. Charges apply for playground entry and tours. Open daily from late March to end of October. For other times & more details, see the website.

 

Kirkdale water-powered sawmill in Dumfries and GallowayKirkdale sawmill at Carsluith in Dumfries and GallowayKirkdale Water-driven Sawmill and Nature Trail
www.kirkdale-sawmill.org.uk
Restored estate sawmill, dating from the 1800s, driven by an over-shot water wheel. Visitors can enjoy a walk up the wooded glen alongside the mill lade to the mill pond.

Open April - September, Mondays from 1- 4pm.
Other times by appointment.

 

The Catstrand,  New Galloway The Catstrand TupThe CatStrand, New Galloway -
Arts, Community & Visitor Centre

www.catstrand.com
Exhibitions, film, theatre, live music, local arts & crafts, tourist information, cafe, shop and more ...
Open 7 days/week, all year.
Latest news & events on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/thecatstrand

 

Cairnholy prehistoric stonesHistory and Archaeology
The long history of human inhabitation of this part of the country and the fact that so little of it has been built over, means that Galloway has a wealth of historical and archaeological sites, ranging from prehistoric cairns and stone circles to old castles, abbeys, churches and ancient gravestones. Ordnance Survey maps identify the major sites and many of them are open to the public, with descriptive leaflets or display information boards.
Cairnholy (pictured left) and Torhouse Stone Circle are two notable examples.
Threave Castle near Castle Douglas, Dumfries and GallowayWithin a thirty-mile radius of Newton Stewart there are many castles, fortified buildings, brochs and tower houses. Good examples lie on the main A75 road and can be found at Carsluith, Cardoness, Threave (pictured right), Glenluce and Stranraer.
Newton Stewart is an ideal base for exploring the region's history and family ancestry.


Bruce's StoneBruce's Stone at Glentrool
King Robert Bruce, known to posterity as "Robert the Bruce", vanquished the English forces at Bannockburn in 1314 and restored independence to Scotland. During Robert's long campaign there were several battles in the vicinity of Newton Stewart, including one at Glen Trool (10 miles from the town) commemorated on the memorial shown on the left. Apart from its historical interest, this memorial sits in a spectacular location overlooking the loch, woodlands and surrounding hills.

 

Whithorn Trust Visitor CentreWhithorn Trust Visitor Centre
www.whithorn.com
One of Galloway's major archaeological exhibits is the Whithorn excavation of the site of St. Ninians church established in the 4th Century. The Whithorn Trust was set up in 1986 to explore the archaeology and history of Whithorn, and it's role in the evolution of Christianity in Scotland. Covering a series of religious buildings of varying antiquity; also burial grounds and relics of Norse habitation, the project has established a souvenir shop and visual interpretation presentation that explains the background and progress made in the project.
There is also an interesting museum next door with some of the early Christian crosses found nearby.


Castle Kennedy Gardens in Dumfries & GallowayGardens
There are many gardens open to the public in due season. Our mild climate favours tender species of plants. To describe the environment as semi-tropical is an exaggeration, but sites such as Logan Gardens on the Mull of Galloway, a dependency of the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, do exhibit exotic plants and trees from warm climates such as South Africa and South America.
Castle Kennedy (pictured) on the A75 towards Stranraer, is worth a visit, not so much for the romantic, ivy clad ruins of the 1607 castle, destroyed by fire in 1716, but for the gardens. These gardens are renowned for their display of rhododendrons and azaleas and for the monkey puzzle avenue. Many gardens on the acid soils of this area are particularly noted for azaleas and rhododendrons in early summer. Glenwhan Garden, nearby in Dunragit, is also worth a visit. Many of the gardens offer refreshments and also plants for sale.
Useful Links
The Gardens of Galloway - Scotland's Garden Route, 6 gardens in the Wigtownshire
Gardens and Nurseries in South West Scotland

Scotland's Gardens Scheme - gardens open to the public in Wigtownshire

The Wickerman Film Trails in Dumfries & Galloway
The region of Dumfries and Galloway has the reputation of being one of the ‘film-friendliest’ in Scotland. The South West Scotland Screen Commission, part of Dumfries and Galloway Council, has a web site listing films that have been shot in the area and a Wicker Man trail section.

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