Walking in South West Scotland

Walking in South West Scotland

South West Scotland has many opportunities for walking at all levels – from a short stroll along the clifftops or seafront to a long-distance trail or a mountain ascent.

The Mull of Galloway Trail

Highly recommended is Scotland`s newest trail – the Mull of Galloway Trail goes to Scotland`s most southerly point from Stranraer and takes in spectacular coastal scenery with a first class visitor centre and coffee shop at the end of the walk.

Walks near Portpatrick

There are many opportunities for clifftop walks, one of the most popular being the walk from Portpatrick to Killantringan Lighthouse which also the starting section of the Southern Upland Way – Scotland`s Coast to Coast Trail. The short walk from Portpatrick to Dunskey Castle is also very popular and can be extended by continuing to Knockinaam Lodge Hotel for refreshments.

Ayrshire Coastal Path

Another Coastal Trail links Stranraer to Glenapp from where the Ayrshire Coastal Path continues all the way to Skelmorlie!

Hill Walking in South West Scotland

For those who prefer to climb a mountain we have The Merrick – the highest mountain between the Lake District and Ben Lomond in the Highlands which is a relatively easy climb for a fit walker and the views are well worth the effort. The Glentrool Visitor Centre near the start point is handy for information and for a coffee or snack.

Newton Stewart Walking Festival

Each year in May, Newton Stewart holds a 7 day Walking Festival with walks for all abilities ranging from Easy to Very Strenuous. the festival goes from strength to strength each year.

Here is a link to 35 more walks in South West Scotland