High summer on the Galloway Coast

The Galloway Coast walks guidebook at the start of a walk at the Isle of Whithorn

The Galloway Coast walks guidebook at the start of a walk at the Isle of Whithorn

Temperatures in Scotland reached record levels in July, whilst August is continuing very warm but more changeable. You may think it is too hot to walk, but the sunny Galloway Coast has two refreshing elements: sea breezes and lovely beaches where you can take a swim or at least enjoy a cooling paddle.


Dog meets otter

Our dog loves visiting the coast, for beachcombing and sightseeing as well as for walks. She’s fascinated by splashing waves and is always on the lookout for new friends. One of the more unusual was this otter, part of the Gavin Maxwell memorial near Monreith in The Machars.


Six-spot burnet moth on knapweed at the Mull of Galloway

While walking, keep an eye out for butterflies, bumblebees and wild flowers, especially along the sun-baked clifftop paths. Other wildlife, such as roe deer, brown hares and hedgehogs are more likely to be seen around dawn and dusk.

After your walk, why not relax at one of the many cafés and pubs that have outdoor seating with restful views over the lush green countryside or sparkling blue sea?

New guidebook combines walking and wildlife

Felicity Martin, Catkin Press, and author Keith Fergus at the Galloway Coast book launch
Felicity Martin, Catkin Press, and author Keith Fergus at the Galloway Coast book launch

This week we launched Galloway Coast, 25 Walks Exploring the Natural Heritage of Southwest Scotland, with events in libraries at Georgetown, Dumfries and Newton Stewart. 

Published by Perthshire-based Catkin Press, the book contains coastal, woodland and hill walks from Annan to the Mull of Galloway, and a 16-page nature guide to the area that is designed to show readers what species they may see, and where and when to look out for them.

The book has walks that visit seabird-rich cliffs and spectacular beaches, as well as historic sites, including Sweetheart Abbey, the Rutherford Monument and St Ninian’s Chapel.

The nature guide details the wildflowers, birds and other animals specific to the long coastline of Dumfries and Galloway, and lists good places near the walks to visit for wildlife watching, including reserves such as WWT Caerlaverock.

Glaswegian author Keith Fergus has been a frequent visitor to the Galloway coast since he was five years old and now brings his children to explore the walks and wildlife. 

The new book is available in many shops, cafés and visitor attractions across the region and by mail order.

Book launch

Front cover of the Galloway Coast walks guidebook

Galloway Coast front cover

On Tuesday we launch the Galloway Coast walks guidebook with illustrated talks in Dumfries and Newton Stewart. Hear about the book from walks author Keith Fergus and nature guide writer Felicity Martin.

April 16: 11.00–12:00noon Georgetown Library, Dumfries
Gillbrae Road, Dumfries, DG1 4EJ
phone: 01387 256059
email: libgeorgetown@dumgal.gov.uk

April 16: 6:00–7:00pm Newton Stewart Library
Church Street, Newton Stewart, DG8 6ER
phone: 01671 403450
email: libnewtonstewart@dumgal.gov.uk

All are welcome.
Please contact the relevant library to reserve your place.

Click on one of the images below to download the relevant poster.

Galloway Coasts GE

Galloway Coasts NS