Sun shines for walking tours
Hundreds of people from across the country enjoyed glorious Galloway weather as they took part in the 17th Newton Stewart Walking Festival.
Sunny, clear days with only a light wind provided perfect walking conditions for those who attended the festival.
The popular annual event offered a programme of more than 30 guided walks and other events exploring the wild hills, rugged coastline and rolling countryside of Galloway.
Chairman of the organising committee, Joan Mitchell, said: “We have enjoyed some great weather again this year which is the icing on the cake for the group of dedicated volunteers who put the festival together.
“Despite the ongoing challenges of securing the modest levels of external funding required to run the event each year, seeing our visitors enjoy the wonderful Galloway countryside makes the months of planning all worthwhile.
“We have managed to once again showcase the huge variety of walking opportunities which Galloway has to offer.”
She added: “With the co-operation of our local landowners we have again managed to discover new areas this year. Thanks to the support of Wigtownshire Ramblers and Galloway Mountain Rescue Team, as well as many other volunteer guides, one day our walkers have been able to enjoy the views from the summit of one of our remote hills and the next watching wild goats and seals in the water along our rugged coastline.
“In addition, our local business sponsors, Belted Galloway Visitor Centre and Stewart R Cunningham Outdoor Centres, as well as support from the Kilgallioch Community Fund, have allowed us to welcome walkers to Newton Stewart once again this year.”
The festival forms a core part of Newton Stewart’s designation as a Walkers are Welcome town, a network of more than 100 towns and villages across Britain who promote walking tourism.
Joan said: “I hope that local businesses and the wider community will continue to benefit from visitors coming to the area throughout the year and I hope that we have managed to provide some enjoyable days out for the many local residents who have enjoyed the Galloway Hills and countryside on our walks this week.”
Great scenery People enjoying one of the festival walks
Magnificent Walkers enjoy the spectacular views from Cairnsmore of Fleet on the first day of Newton Stewart Walking Festival. Photo courtesy of R Peace