Leisure Activities in and around Newton Stewart
So much to see, so much to do …
WALKING & CLIMBING | CYCLING & MOUNTAIN BIKING | WILDLIFE & NATURE | FISHING | SHOOTING | HORSE RIDING | SAILING & WATER SPORTS | GOLF | DRIVING
Whether you are looking for hill-walking, climbing or just an afternoon stroll you’ll find Newton Stewart offers many walking opportunities. For example, the Newton Stewart Initiative has created a riverside walk based on the Sparling Bridge adjacent to the Riverside Car Park. There are artistic way-markers, poems inscribed on stones and carved beech logs along the track which provide unusual seats. more…
Newton Stewart offers cyclists of all ages and abilities the opportunity to explore some of the region’s richest and most diverse landscape, all within a relatively short distance of the town centre. There are opportunities for both off-road mountain biking and cycle touring. Cycles can be hired in the town and there are sources of accessories and repairs for cyclists. more…
WILDLIFE & NATURE >>
There are ample opportunities to study the fauna and flora of the Newton Stewart area.
Running directly through the town, the River Cree offers some excellent salmon and trout fishing, as do the numerous rivers and lochs all within a 30 mile radius of the town.
Coarse fishing can also be arranged..
Boat hire and sea fishing are available from the Isle of Whithorn.
Galloway Angling Centre, 1 Queen Street, www.gallowayangling.co.uk
Galloway Guns and Tackle, 36A Arthur Street, www.gallowaygunsandtackle.co.uk
Galloway Fisheries Trust www.gallowayfisheriestrust.org
Fish Galloway www.fishgalloway.co.uk
Four forms of shooting can be enjoyed in the Newton Stewart area, each in its season and subject to the necessary permits:
- Rough shooting or shoots aimed at pheasant or grouse can be organised through local farmers’ syndicates and dedicated country sports businesses.
- Wildfowling, particularly for geese on the Wigtown Bay salt marshes, or for duck at various locations, is popular in the winter months (September to Mid-February). Information on permits for wildfowling and punt gunning on the Local Nature Reserve may be obtained from Machars Action, 26, South Main Street, Wigtown. DG8 9EH (SAE please) or by telephone on (01988) 402633.
- Deer shooting licenses may be obtained from the Forestry Commission. The Glen Trool National Park contains substantial numbers of roe deer, some fallow deer and, in some areas, a population of red deer.
Creeside Salmon and Stalking offers fishing & shooting holidays, as well as smoked salmon and venison from their own smokehouse.
- Clay Pigeon Shooting at Silver Fox Skeet Range overlooking Wigtown Bay near Whithorn.
Glenluce Outdoor Centre also offers clays, as well as laser shot and paintballing.
HORSE RIDING / PONY TREKKING
The forests, hills and beaches around Newton Stewart have open access for horseriding. Pony trekking or horse riding facilities are available for the enthusiast within easy reach:
The nearest to Newton Stewart is Calgow Equestrian Centre, just beside the A75 at the eastern end of the bypass, which offers holiday livery services, indoor or outdoor lessons for all ages and abilities, hacks & summer show jumping.
Further east, towards Gatehouse of Fleet, is Kirkclaugh Equestrian Centre, offering livery, overnight stabling, lessons for individuals and groups, hacking and beach rides, a gift / tack shop, and American Arab Miniature Horses.
SAILING / WATER SPORTS
The Machars peninsula south of Newton Stewart has three ports, Garlieston, Isle of Whithorn and Port William, all of which offer safe moorings for small craft. There are also several lovely beaches around Wigtown Bay and Luce Bay where watersports may be enjoyed.
Drive through the spectacular scenery of the Galloway hills, north-east from Newton Stewart, past the Wild Goat park, Red Deer Range, Clatteringshaws Loch & Visitor Centre, to New Galloway and then down the east side of Loch Ken, to these two water activity centres:
Galloway Activity Centre on Loch Ken, offers a range of activities from sailing, windsurfing, power boating, kayaking, canoeing, and also archery, quad biking, abseiling, mountain biking and climbing. Equipment hire and/or tuition available. Instructor training to family fun days. Open daily, March – November.
Loch Ken Waterski School offers lessons for individuals and groups in waterski-ing or wake boarding; banana boat, ringo and speed boat rides; power boat driver course and test. Watersports equipment & clothing for sale or hire.
Newton Stewart Golf Course is a superb 18-hole parkland golf course with spectacular views from every hole. Visitors are welcome all year round. There are at least ten golf courses within a 35-mile (56 km) radius of Newton Stewart. Within an hour’s drive are two championship courses at Turnberry and Southerness. The local golf courses provide a variety of challenges ranging from mountainous to sandy links, and on many of these courses golf can be played throughout the year.
Gateway to Golf passes may be obtained from the VisitScotland D&G.
Drive a tank or other military vehicles over rolling farmland at Galloway Tanks!
Visit the David Coulthard Museum for the world’s most complete collection of memorabilia for any F1 driver, past or present.
Or simply enjoy exploring the network of minor roads, through wonderful scenery, at your own pace.
SPORT & LEISURE
There are many sports and leisure opportunities in the area, including swimming, bowling, tennis, curling, running and ice skating….