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Short Walks in Dumfries and Galloway

Ronald Turnbull has chosen 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

Ronald Turnbull has chosen 15 of the best short walks around Dumfries and Galloway for you to explore. Our guide comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps and clear route descriptions, perfect if you're new to walking or are looking for something you can enjoy with the whole family.

We've included information on local beauty spots and tasty refreshment stops, and most of the walks can be completed in under 4 hours.

We haven't included any walks with challenging terrain or complicated navigation, and all you'll need to take with you are a waterproof jacket and a pair of comfortable trainers.

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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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