Plan your trip

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WALK HERE

Turn to Walks 21 and 22 in this is­sue for guides to your week­end routes.

GET­TING THERE

Turn off the M6, or the A74(M) if com­ing from the north, at Dum­fries and pick up the A75, which heads west and brings you straight into New­ton Ste­wart.

WHERE TO STAY

With its res­i­dents’ lounge and con­ser­va­tory din­ing room, Sta­bles Guest House in New­ton Ste­wart (01671 402157, www.sta­bles­guest­house.com) of­fers a homely stay for £45-£80 per night, while the Black­horse Ho­tel (01671 403302, www.black­hors­e­new­ton­stew­art. co.uk, £55-£75 per night) has the ad­van­tage of an at­tached restau­rant and bar.

WHERE TO EAT

It would be a shame to miss

The House O’Hill Ho­tel (01671 840243, www.house­o­hill.co.uk), be­ing both con­ve­nient (just a stone’s throw from Mer­rick) and de­li­cious. In New­ton Ste­wart head for River­bank Restau­rant (01671 403330) for ex­cel­lent value meals and fresh home bak­ing.

MORE IN­FOR­MA­TION

For walk­ing in the hills, look up www.scot­land.forestry.gov.uk, and for the coast, head to www.mull-of-gal­loway.co.uk and www.rspb.org.uk.

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