Best feet forward as WalkFest begins

Walkers from across the country will be descending on Galloway from this weekend for the 13th Newton Stewart Walking Festival.

The event, which runs from Friday 8th to Thursday 14th May, features more than 30 guided walks and evening talks exploring the hills, countryside and coast of Galloway. Routes attracting walkers from far and wide this year range from an ascent of Criffel in the east to a walk along the expansive beaches of Luce Bay in the west and include several challenging routes into the heart of the Galloway Hills. This year’s evening events programme kicks off with a welcome dinner as well as a fascinating talk and book launch on Saturday of Discovering Crockett’s Galloway, a book written by Cally Phillips. The evening talks programme is rounded off on Tuesday 12th May by a whisky tour of Scotland.

The full festival programme is available at and in a brochure widely available locally. Updates on availability can be found on the Facebook page. Bookings can be made online, by calling the booking office on 01671 404500 or by visiting the WRDC Business Centre in Queen Street, Newton Stewart. This weekend, the festival will be based in the Belted Galloway Visitor Centre.