Day 103 : Newton Stewart – Garlieston

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.