Visitor Information About New Galloway
New Galloway is a delightful village whose history dates back to 1682. It is situated in the Galloway Forest Park and roads lead to it from all directions – from Newton Stewart, Ayr, and Castle Douglas.
New Galloway has an interesting Arts, Community and Visitor Centre – The Catstrand with a small cinema/theatre, a gift shop with local arts and crafts, information and cafe. Throughout the year, the Catstrand provides an intimate venue where top names in acoustic/folk music often play. Next door is another cafe – The Old Smithy which also sells crafts and has outdoor seating in their garden beside a beautiful stream. Further along the road is the ever popular Kitty`s Tea Room. There are also are number of hotels in the village.
There is a friendly 9 hole golf course in the village.
The road from Newton Stewart to New Galloway, known as the Queen`s Way is extremely beautiful and passes through part of Galloway Forest Park – Britain`s largest Forest Park. The drive takes a lot longer than you would think as there are so many places to stop to admire views and look for wildlife. One of the first stopping places is the Wild Goat Park where you can usually see a number of wild goats and from the roadside.
Other stopping places include the Grey Mare`s Tail – a waterfall and the Red Deer Park where a short walk takes you to a hide from which red deer can be observed. Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre (Forestry Commission) is also beside the road on the shores of Clatterinshaws Loch.
The Raider`s Road is an unsealed road which runs for about ten miles from Clatteringshaws just before New Galloway through the forest to Loch Ken and is well worth the detour. There is a small toll fee. This is an old drover`s road which follows the Black Water of Dee. The Raider`s Road is on the Red Kite Trail and there are opportunities to view the birds from Bennan Viewpoint or visit the Secret Cages from where the birds were originally released.
Where can I go for a Coffee?
The Old Smithy is a friendly coffee shop with an outside seating area. Or try the Catstrand next door!
From New Galloway there is a lovely walk of about 3 miles to the next village – St John`s Town of Dalry (simply Dalry to the locals)
For the adventurous, New Galloway is close to Galloway Activity Centre on the shores of Loch Ken where there is a lochside cafe and numerous activities including kayaking. sailing, blokarting zip wire, archery………….. and much more.
Interesting facts about New Galloway
New Galloway is the smallest Royal Burgh in Scotland
The Ken Bridge was built the Scottish engineer John Rennie who also built the second London Bridge
A few miles to the east of New Galloway is the village of Balmaclellan which is the home of the Clog and Shoe Workshop. This is now the only place in Scotland where clogs are made.
New Galloway is only 12 miles from Carsphairn from where you can climb Cairnsmore of Carsphairn – a Corbett.