Walking in Dumfries and Galloway
There is an infinite range of walks you can undertake during your visit to Dumfries and Galloway. Walks near to Orroland are well documented in the Walking In & Around Kirkcudbright & Auchencairn guide and also on the Visit Scotland walking guide for Dumfries and Galloway.
Throughout the region there is a choice of walks from coastal, hill walks (from gentle to strenuous walks) and forest walks as well as those taking in historical sites and places of natural beauty. One thing is for sure; you will take in some amazing scenery. Visit our beach and coastal walk guide for details of nearby coastal walks including the Jubilee path at Rockcliffe bay.
There are a number of walks from your doorstep at Orroland, you can enjoy a gentle stroll around the landscaped meadow and garden features or for the more energetic a trip down to the rocky shore (find out more about our shore walk here).
Shawhill loop: The track opposite Cutlar’s Lodge leads through our neighbour’s farmyard and out past a tiny cemetery. If you go straight on here you will get to Dundrennan (including the ruins of Dundrennan Abbey where Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night on Scottish soil). If you go right at the cemetery the lane leads you back round to the eagle gateposts that mark the entrance to Orroland. The lane is very quiet and makes a lovely loop to walk with idyllic sea views etc. Est. 50 minutes. In addition you could join up with the Dundrennan Jubilee walk around the village (listed on our about Dundrennan page).
Stockmoss Smithy: As you leave Orroland, the track on the right just after the eagle gateposts makes a pleasant short walk. At the first junction on the track turn left which will bring you out at “Stockmoss Smithy” so you can loop back round to the left to Orroland.
Guided wildlife walks
For those who are fit and have a deeper interest in flora, fauna and wildlife it is possible to arrange a day with the owner of a particularly beautiful estate near Dalry. The estate encompasses all the elements of land use in Galloway from the high hills where eagles soar over hill sheep, down through the forest to the lower ground where the winter feed is made for the cattle that roam the lower hills in summer. This is an inspiring and educational walking tour led by a man with an exceptional knowledge and passion for his property and what grows and lives on it. Contact us in the first instance.
Newton Stewart walking Festival - WalkFest - takes place on the 5th -11th May 2017. This is an award winning walking festival, the largest walking festival in the south of Scotland. For more details tel 01671 404500.
Dalbeattie Walking Festival - Takes place in late summer with set walks in the area over several days. Find out more via their website which will be updated soon with more details.