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New Galloway village is in Galloway southwest Scotland, 42 miles northeast of Stranraer, 25 miles west of Dumfries.

New Galloway attracts visitors for its cafes, golf, Loch Ken for water sports, and three outdoor centre's Clatteringshaws, Glentrool and Kirroughtree close by for walking, biking, and hiking mountains such as The Merrick at 2,766 feet. This area is known as the Galloway Forest Park.

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The image top is looking over the Park on the north side of New Galloway.

The image second top is looking down the High Street.

The CatStrand is an Arts Venue, Visitor Centre and Cinema on the north side of the High Street.

The Smithy Tearoom and Gift Shop is also on the High Street.

The Cross Keys Hotel is in the middle of the High Street with Rooms and a Restaurant.

Kittys Tearoom is also in the middle of the High Street.

The Town Hall is the most notable building on the High Street, built around 1875. The New Galloway Town Hall can be hired for functions and events.

The New Galloway Golf Club is on the south side of the Village. This is a scenic 9 hole course that leads up into the hills with great views.

The Kenbridge Hotel is about 1 mile west of New Galloway, next to the large Bridge over the River Ken. The Hotel has a Restaurant and Campsite.

The Ken Bridge area is good River Fishing for Salmon and Trout from July on.

About 4 miles south, on the east side of Loch Ken, are a number of Water Sports, Holiday Park, and Camping. Loch Ken Page.

The area west of New Galloway is popular for its outdoor attractions such Mountains, Biking / Walking Centre's, and the 18 mile long A712 Queens Way road between New Galloway and Newton Stewart with a Robert the Bruce battle site, Dam, scenic Otter Pool, Deer Park, Goat Park, Waterfalls, Hill Monument, and a Viewing Platform over a glen. Queens Way Photos.

New Galloway History

1200s - Kenmure Castle is built and a number of small settlements are in the area.

1568 - the Gordon's of Kenmure Castle supported Mary Queen of Scots, leading to the Castle being burned after she fled to England.

1600s - the Village was founded by John Gordon - Viscount of Kenmure.

1633 - the Village is granted Royal Burgh status so it could serve as a Market Town, becoming the smallest Royal Burgh in Scotland.

The Old Edinburgh Road runs through the Village, creating much of the trade for the Village at that time, as it was used for Driving Cattle south.

1650 - the Gordon's supported Charles I during the English Civil War, leading their Castle being burned by troops of Oliver Cromwell.

1715 - the 6th Viscount Gordon was beheaded after taking part in the Jacobite Rising.

1790 - Kenmure Castle was in ruins.

1822 - Kells Parish Church is completed on the north side of the Village.

1840s - Kenmure Castle was rebuilt as a grand Mansion.

1875 - New Galloway Town Hall is completed.

1950 - Kenmure Mansion was partially destroyed by fire, it is now a ruin.

Today - the Village serves the Farming Community and caters for Tourists visiting the many Outdoor Attractions in the area.

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