Explore Dumfries & Galloway while staying at Rowallan House

Situated in the heart of Galloway, the charming market town of Newton Stewart stands on the banks of the River Cree.Dumfries and Galloway is known as Scotland’s best kept holiday secret.

Founded in the mid-17th century by William Stewart, the youngest son of the second Earl of Galloway, the New Town of Stewart has become a centre for a wide range of outdoor activities including hill walking, bird watching, golf, cycling, mountain biking, pony trekking, fishing and hunting.

Newton Stewart itself provides a museum, a full range of amenities including banks, post office, chemist, doctors, cottage hospital, library (with Internet access), supermarkets, petrol stations and garages.

Newton Stewart also boasts its own cinema, featuring current releases as well as special showings of classic films. All films can be viewed at the site for the local cinema: www.nscinema.co.uk

There are a range of restaurants and cafes in the town and a number of public houses. Newton Stewart also has both indoor and outdoor bowling facilities, tennis courts, a leisure center with an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym.

An 18 hole golf course is just one mile from Rowallan Guest House.

Wigtown – Book Town

Only six miles from Newton Stewart lies Wigtown which is now Scotland’s National Book Town.

This high profile role has played an important part in the town’s recent growth.

There is an annual book fair, book festivals, readings, live events and over 18 book related businesses including book shops, publishers, dealers and binders.


Newton Stewart has magnificent opportunities for hiking.There are 24 named peaks above 2000 feet in this part of Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland, the highest of which are Cairnsmore of Fleet at 711m and The Merrick at 843m.

On a clear day there are wonderful views as far a field as England, Ireland and the Isle of Man. Ordnance survey maps (1 : 25,000) and guides for the area are available and all walkers are advised to take normal precautions against the weather and to notify your hosts of your proposed route(s) before setting out.

Newton Stewart Walking Festival

Mountain Biking

Rowallan is the ideal base for cyclists to explore some of the regions richest and most diverse landscapes. From the town center there are four colour coded routes of varying lengths to suit all comers. The area has undulating, meandering, quiet country roads and offers outstanding natural beauty.

For off road and mountain biking in the Galloway National Forest the Glentrool and Kirroughtree Visitors Centres are a good starting point.The 7 Stanes trails are internationally renowned and very popular.

We welcome cyclists and we have lock-up and washing facilities for bicycles


Only one mile from Rowallan Guest House is Newton Stewart Golf Course & the Wigtown & Bladnoch Golf Club is only a short drive.South West Scotland is renowned for its variety of golfing conditions from parkland and heathland to traditional links courses with Powfoot, Southerness, Turnberry and Troon being of championship standard and worthy of a special mention, with none being more than an hours drive from a centrally situated Rowallan Guest House.


Dumfries and Galloway has everything to offer the angler.

As well as sea fishing the region has five well known game fishing rivers starting from the East with the Border Esk, then comes the Annan, the Nith, the Urr, the Cree, a delightful river to fish with the fly and only a short walk from Rowallan Guest House and finally the Bladnoch being the most Westerly.

All are well known for fighting sea-bass and impressive runs of salmon. Surrounding Newton Stewart there are a wonderful variety of trout waters and many lochs, some renowned for their spectacular pike, providing coarse fishing throughout the year.

Permits are available locally.

Castles and Gardens

This part of South West Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway is surrounded on three sides by the sea, and the influence of the Gulf Stream provides a warm micro climate not found in many other parts of the United Kingdom.

The variety of palm fringed gardens, formal gardens, hidden gardens, and specialist nurseries tending rare and unusual plants, provide a mecca for the garden lover.

Dumfries and Galloway has many castles and historic attractions easily accessed from Rowallan Guest House, bed and breakfast.

Why not discover some while you are here in South West Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway.

Creetown Gem Rock Museum

No more than 6 miles from Rowallan Guest House, bed and breakfast is the Creetown Gem Rock Museum, regarded as one in the finest privet collections of gem stones, crystals, minerals, rock and fossils in Great Britain.

The museum is more than just a static display, it is a fully interactive experience with lots of things to do as well as to see

Bird Watching

Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland has magnificent opportunities for bird watching. The region offers such a range of habitats that there is good birdwatching in evey season.

The Red Kite Trail can be easily accessed from Rowallan.


Dark Sky Park

Galloway’s Dark Sky Park was declared in November 2009 as one of only five in the world.

The park allows visitors the breath taking chance to see the brilliant night sky studded with stars, a sight normally obscured from view in cities because of light pollution.

The night sky is now protected over a huge area of south-west Scotland.

This oasis of darkness draws people to the park to experience true darkness and to see stars, planets and the Milky Way in all it’s glory.

Crafty Distillery

Here at Crafty Distillery, in the heart of Dumfries & Galloway, we have a plan. To create tasty spirits from scratch using new technology and locally sourced ingredients

Our modern distillery is positioned on an enviable, elevated position with spectacular views across the hills and forests of Galloway.

Enjoy a tour of our distillery, and learn how we make our very own spirit from scratch and the process for making our gin. After the tour you will enjoy a perfect serve of our Hills & Harbour Gin.

See more here: https://craftydistillery.com/

Bladnoch Distillery

Bladnoch’s rich history dates back to 1817, when John and Thomas McClelland were first granted a licence to distil whisky on their Bladnoch farm in Scotland’s Lowlands.

Shortly after, the distillery resumed production and launched its award-winning range of Bladnoch Single Malts and Pure Scot Blended Whiskies.In 2017, Bladnoch Distillery celebrated its 200 year anniversary, making it the oldest privately owned Scotch distillery.

With reverence for our distillery’s 200 year history, and anticipation for the future, we are inspired to create Lowland-style Scotch whisky for the modern-day whisky lover to enjoy.

Learn more: https://bladnoch.com/