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Heather-clad hills, sublime mountains and rich wildlife; Scotland offers so much to attract the keen walker and adventurist. What are you looking to discover during your holiday home in Dumfries and Galloway vacation?
With stunning scenery and captivating coastlines, Dumfries & Galloway is the place to be in Summer, whether you love trekking alone or would prefer relaxed walking with all the family. Having over 200 miles of coastline means we’re open to some of the most beautiful walk lines in the UK. You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to taking photos and making memories that you’ll never forget.
Dumfries & Galloway is located in the perfect place to spot wonderful wildlife, natural habitats, open beaches, gorgeous coastlines AND fantastic landscapes – you can treat yourself to a getaway and discover some of Scotland’s most excellent walking spots, from large forests through to charming towns…
Whether you’re looking for 30-minute strolls or elongated hikes across the county, each journey begins with a single step. It’s no wonder that Dumfries & Galloway has been voted the holiday destination of the year by BBC countryfile magazine..
Why are walks in Galloway so special?
Coastal and scenic walks in Dumfries and Galloway offer something special to the residents and the guests who make a passing visit. Never changing and allowing people to engulf in the beauty of true nature, you can explore while remaining physically active with pure peace in your mind; this is a break from the mundane pressures of real life, a chance to escape and an opportunity to fall in love with Scotland. In this article, we’ll share our top 7 walking trails, we think that everybody should experience these at some point in their lifetime..
1. Walk the Mull of Galloway Trail
Length of walk: 35 miles Difficulty: Strenuous – for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level Distance from Sands of Luce Holiday Park: 26 minutes / 13.9 miles (Though does pass through the park)
Walk the Mull of Galloway trail and discover the beautiful countryside through seabird colonies, breathtaking views of the cliffs, gorgeous sunsets, and a lighthouse. This trail permits you to explore the coast on both sides of the peninsula, with long and short options, you can choose a longer or shorter distance by returning along the road from West Tarbet, this will reduce the walk by 3.5km. If you’re looking for a feeling of pure tranquility in Scotland’s paradise, this is the path you’ll want to follow.
2. Scale The Merrick
Length of walk: 8 miles Difficulty: Moderate – a walk for those with country walking experience and average fitness level Distance from Sands of Luce Holiday Park: 50mins / 35.25 miles
Photo credit: Dooj Brawls
The Merrick is the highest hill in Southern Scotland and an incredibly popular ascent. Presiding over a beautiful landscape, there are a number of routes you can take depending on level of difficulty. If you’d like to head from Loch Trool, you’ll tackle around 8.25 miles, however, if you use Loch Valley as your starting point, you’ll be on foot for 9.5 miles. Whichever course you decide to take, this refreshing coastal walk offers stunning clifftop scenery and the beauty you’ll discover is second to none. Make sure you’re dressed in suitable footwear and clothing for this rewarding trail.
3. Threave Garden & Estate Circular Walk
Length of walk: 2.5 miles Difficulty: Easy – a walk for everybody to enjoy with minimal difficulty Distance from Sands of Luce Holiday Park: 1 hour 8 minutes / 53.2 miles
Treading on pathways, gravel, grass and earth – this woodland walk is perfect for those who are craving the countryside views. Let yourself explore secret gardens, broad river valleys are home to a range of animal and plant species. Spring and Summer are absolute optimum times to explore, enabling you to catch blankets of bluebells the rich history of Threave Castle.
4.Walk along Glenluce – Auchenmalg
Length of walk: 9 miles Difficulty: Moderate – a walk for those with country walking experience and average fitness level Distance from Sands of Luce Holiday Park: 13 minutes / 8.7 miles
Glenluce is a wonderful, rural village, set in a beautiful valley between the ferry port of Stranraer and Newton Stewart. Starting in Glenluce and heading past the railway viaduct for St. Helena Island, this quiet and peaceful walk visits two seaside villages, connected by a truly stunning cliff top pathway. You can follow the picturesque water of Luce, this charming riverside trail eventually leads to pebbly shores on the walk to Luce Bay. A truly enjoyable walk, just around the corner from Sands of Luce Holiday Park.
5.Walk round Ardwell Pond
Length of walk: 1.5 miles Difficulty: Easy – a walk for everybody to enjoy with minimal difficulty Distance from Sands of Luce Holiday Park: 7 minutes / 3.6 miles
Wander through a circular path of woodlands and admire the beautiful Ardwell pond. Just 7 minutes from Sands of Luce Holiday Park, this stunning nature reserve and picnic area is certain not to disappoint. The beautiful scenery and nature trails help you to come across bridges and crisp gardens where you’ll really feel at one with nature. A perfect family adventure, this pathway is not too strenuous and is available all year round for wonderful views.
6. Explore Galloway Forest Park
Length of walk: The choice is yours! Difficulty: Easy to strenuous depending on the distance you choose Distance from Sands of Luce Holiday Park: 37 minutes / 27 miles
Galloway Forest Park is the largest forest park in Britain and offers completely outstanding natural beauty for more than 300 square miles! The trails offer a range of wonders whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll or an elongated trek. Keep a lookout for beautiful trees, stunning panorama shots and woodland animals – immerse in utterly peaceful greenery.
7. Southern Upland Way
Length of walk: 212 miles Difficulty: Easy to strenuous depending on the distance you desire Distance from Sands of Luce Holiday Park: 18 minutes / 10.7 miles
An experience to remember, the Southern Upland Way walk is actually Scotland’s first and only official coast-to-coast long distance route which runs across the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea. Just 18 minutes from Sands of Luce, the stunning landscapes, forests, barn owls and open moorlands are what makes this stroll so special. It’s a long one and going all the way at 212 miles in total can demand some hills and encourages the challengers to be very well equipped. It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey and no matter how far you choose to go, you’ll be blown away by the breathtaking nature that Southern Upland Way has to offer.
Find out more about the route of Southern Upland Way here.
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