If being out in nature with nothing but the sound of birds, trees and water appeals to you, Dumfries and Galloway has one of the best selections of walking trails.
The trails in this area are surrounded by woodlands, rolling hills, eye-catching coastlines and an abundance of wildlife, making it next to impossible to decide which walk to try first.
We’ve decided to share some of our favourite walks in Dumfries and Galloway to help get your bucket list started.
The Best Long Walks in Dumfries and Galloway
1. Mull of Galloway Trail
Length: 35 Miles
Meander through the countryside as you take in unforgettable views of the cliffs, a lighthouse, and a variety of seabirds. The Mill of Galloway trail provides you access to both sides of the peninsula, giving you the option to take a longer or a shorter walk. There are a number of information boards linked to points of interest along the way and the hike ends at a visitor’s centre where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and even more views.
2. Loch Trool Loop
Length: 6 Miles
Located in Galloway Forest Park, the Loch Trool Loop is home to an ancient battle site as well as a number of natural landmarks such as Bruce’s Stone. The battle site is where Robert the Bruce defeated an army with well over 1,000 men. He ambushed the army along the sides of Loch Trool, knocking them into the water using boulders. This loop is also one of the best long walks for anyone who loves wildlife sightings. And if you’re not up for the 6-mile walk on the day, there are shorter options available throughout the park.
3. The Merrick
Length: 8 Miles
The Merrick is known as the highest hill in Southern Scotland and is a popular choice among those who appreciate sprawling coastline views but don’t mind a steep climb. The hike starts from a car park near Bruce’s Stone and heads towards a cliff with views of the Galloway Forest, The Isle of Man and Northern Island. Set aside at least 4–5 hours for this hike and make sure you have the right footwear. The hike ends at a new visitor’s centre with a café and shop.
4. White Comb Ridge
Length: 8 Miles
Located near Moffat, White Comb Ridge is where you will find the Firthy Brig Head Circular route. Expect to see an abundance of birdlife and a beautiful waterfall during your walk but be ready for a brief climb right from the start. You should also be prepared to cross a few streams and deal with boggy conditions if you’re walking during the rainy months but the views from the top are well worth it.
5. Glenluce – Auchenmalg
Length: 9 Miles
Between the port of Stranraer and Newton Stewart, you will find the rural village of Glenluce. This peaceful walk, called Stairhaven Circular, will take you through two seaside villages, which are connected by a cliff pathway. There is the option to stop at the Cock Inn as your halfway point or you can continue to the finish line, which is located on a pebbly beach along Luce Bay.
6. Glenkiln Reservoir Walk
Length: 5 Miles
This popular walk is made up of convenient paths that will lead you to amazing views and a variety of wildlife. One of the main highlights of this walk is also the view across the reservoir. This route was once home to a number of sculptors but due to ongoing theft, they’ve since been removed. This doesn’t make this walk any less worth it though.
Now that you have a better idea of some of the best long walks in Dumfries and Galloway, which one will you attempt first?