Newton Stewart is the main Market Town of the area with a variety of shops and businesses. The main street has a few interesting buildings including the Town Hall with its Clock Tower and white painted brickwork.
It’s time for me to leave this pretty little town but I’m afraid my route takes me along the main road for a few miles. Just after Nether Barr I turn off the main road and follow the signs for Carty Port and Moss of Cree. I eventually enter the old county town of Wigtown.
Wigtown sits overlooking some salt marshes where there is a sad tale about some martyrs who were executed by drowning for their support of the Covenanters, They were Presbyterians who opposed the kings attempt to bring Catholicism to Scotland.
Wigtown is known as the Book town after being officially designated Scotland’s National Book town in 1998. It appears to me that nearly every other shop is a bookshop. The town itself seems quite spacious with some wide streets.
I leave Wigtown by walking down to the harbour which sits at the mouth of the River Bladnoch and follow the river to the village of Bladnoch. The village consists of a bridge, pub, a few houses and a distillery. On this occasion I didn’t take a tour but had a nice pint of beer at the pub.
Garlieston is a pleasant port on the Solway Firth with white painted cottages. At the end of the village are a Caravan Club Site and a Camping & Caravanning Club Site.
I make my way back to Drumroamin Farm near Kirkinner where I camp for a few nights. The site is on the level with a good access road. The owners, Lesley & Ralph Shell were very helpful and made my stay very enjoyable.