Murray's Monument, near Newton Stewart This short waymarked walk lies in the heart of the Galloway Forest park. It climbs up to the impressive obelisk of the Murray Monument - with good views - before returning through the woods and past an attractive waterfall.
The town of Newton Stewart is probably the most popular centre for visitors to the western half Galloway. To the northeast is Glen Trool and its beautiful loch, one of the main gateways to the Galloway hills and forests. South of the town is Wigtown - seemingly a sleepy place but home to a great literary festival and Scotland's capital when it comes to second hand books. Wigtown is the gateway to the Machars, a largely low lying peninsula with a special atmosphere.