Day 102 : Mossyard – Newton Stewart

Mossyard sits on the Solway Firth just blow the mouth of the River Cree.

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Time to leave Mossyard which also has a very pleasant looking campsite. I make my way up the access road to the main road (A75). The road is quite busy and I pass another Caravan Site with quite a few static caravans and a shop on site.

I soon come to Carsluith Castle  which sits between the road and the shoreline. The castle is the remains of a tower house which was owned by the Broun (Brown) family.It is now owned and maintained by Historic Scotland.

I also notice that one of the outhouses is now the Marrbury Smokehouse which is a shop, bistro and café. It all looks very tempting.

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I enter the town of Creetown which sits just off the main A75. Granite was quarried locally and a big sculptured orb sits in the town square to commemorate this. It also has a Gem Rock Museum with various crystals, rocks, fossils and minerals.

On the way out of town I pass a warehouse of a Whisky broker, what temptations a walker has to face.

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I continue along the National Cycleway Route 7 towards Graddoch Bridge, an old railway line, to where the Old Military road joins with a minor road.  I follow this to Old Palnure Bridge where I sit on the wall overlooking the river and eat my lunch.

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After my refuelling stop I stay on the road skirting the edges of Kirroughtree Forest and Daltamie House. I was quite pleased with myself as I kept pace with a cyclist climbing up the hill.

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I was glad to reach the bridge over the River Cree into Newton Stewart which claims to be the gateway to the Galloway Hills. The Galloway Forest was the first National Park in the UK to be awarded Dark Sky Park status.