The Area

New Galloway and the area 

The smallest Royal Burgh in Scotland, New Galloway is the perfect location for exploring south-west Scotland. As well as the Community Shop which is in the heart of New Galloway, there’s a Post Office too. Across the road you’ll find a park with a playing field and a picturesque picnic area next to the river. Then there’s our very own Arts venue, cafe and gift shop, The CatStrand – just a few doors down from the holiday cottages. Also, look out for events hosted within the historic Town Hall.

With walks in the forest behind the golf course as well as wild swimming and fishing from the west bank of Loch Ken, there is plenty to keep you active during your stay. Not forgetting the Golf Club and Kenmure Castle – all within walking distance. If you hop in your car (or on your bike), you can visit the Galloway Activity Centre, explore Galloway Forest Park (an International Dark Sky Park) and venture along the Raiders’ Road to Otter Pool. All of this is just waiting for you to discover!

Roads head out in five directions from New Galloway:

  • To the south is the food town of Castle Douglas. The high street in this busy market town is dotted with independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Nearby Threave Castle and Threave Garden are worth a visit whilst you’re here.
  • To the south-west is the artists’ town, Kirkcudbright. A beautiful harbour town with independent shops, a castle, museum, cafes, swimming pool and more. This vibrant community has lots going on, with farmers markets, events and exhibitions scheduled throughout the year.
  • To the west is Newton Stewart, another thriving town with a leisure centre and a unique art deco cinema. It’s reached via the A712 or the Queen’s Way, a spectacularly scenic route through the Galloway Forest Park. It goes past Clatteringshaws Loch, numerous picnic areas, Otter Pool, The Red Deer Range, Black Loch and beyond. There are lots of great walking and cycling routes here.
  • To the north is the busier seaside resort of Ayr. Along with the sea front, shops, cinema and restaurants, the birthplace of Robert Burns has a racecourse and three public golf courses.

New Galloway is central to many of the region’s market towns, fishing ports, castles, beaches, art galleries, activities and more. So there are plenty of places to visit and things to do for the whole family.

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Beaches | Castles & Gardens | Art Galleries | Wildlife | Dark Skies


Why choose New Galloway Holiday Cottages?

Our two beautiful holiday cottages are situated in the heart of New Galloway, central to everything that’s going on. They have everything you’ll need to enjoy your home-from-home. We can’t wait to welcome you.



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