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Short Walks in Dumfries and Galloway

Discover 15 of the best short walks around Dumfries and Galloway. Each walk comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, clear route description and lots of images, plus information on local beauty spots and tasty refreshment stops. No challenging terrain or complicated navigation means walks can be enjoyed by everyone.


Year-round; some routes will be muddy in autumn and winter.


Portpatrick, Newton Stewart, Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Dumfries, Annan


Routes are on paths throughout. These vary between smooth well-surfaced ones and some that are more rugged. One route (Balcary Bay) is close above clifftops and Criffel summit is a substantial climb.

Must See

Beautiful coastline; Criffel summit; Sweetheart Abbey; the old sandstone towns of Gatehouse of Fleet, Newton Stewart and Castle Douglas; the great rivers Nith and Annan; the ancient Wood of Cree
17 Oct 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x .60cm

Would you like to explore the best of Dumfries and Galloway? This guidebook covers 15 of the best short walks in the area (between 5 and 12km), including Portpatrick, Cruggleton Castle, Loch Trool, Threave, Rockcliffe, Criffel, Dumfries and Annan.

Cicerone’s Short Walks guides contain everything you need to get outdoors and discover the best of an area. The walks are perfect if you’re new to walking or looking for something you can enjoy with the whole family.

What sets these guidebooks apart from the rest?

  • Walks under three hours, plus one challenge route
  • Easy to follow with clear route descriptions
  • Facilities, parking and highlights for every route
  • No specialist gear needed, walk all year round
  • Ordnance Survey mapping

Let the adventures begin! 

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Ronald Turnbull Cicerone author TURNB

By Ronald Turnbull

Ronald Turnbull writes regularly for TGO, Lakeland Walker, Trail and Cumbria magazines. His previous books include Across Scotland on Foot, Long Days in Lakeland and Welsh 3000ft Challenges. He has written many other Cicerone guides, including Walking in the Lowther Hills, The Book of the Bivvy and Not the West Highland Way. Ronald's weekly newsletter on mountains, hillwalking and history is at

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