5 Winter Walks to Make the Most of in Dumfries and Galloway
Avid walker and taking a weekend break in Scotland?
Winter in Scotland is simply magical, when snow capped peaks tower over frost covered glens and crisp, fresh air fills your lungs. Its the perfect time for avid walkers to escape for a weekend break in Scotland the the BQA Hotel. From breathtaking coastlines to rugged hills and forest, the rolling landscape of Dumfries and Galloway is a walker’s paradise. With paths for all abilities from the experienced hiker to the wee-est of weans, the whole family can become explorers for a day in this winter wonderland. Here are just 5 to get you started!
- Threave Garden & Estate Circular Walk – a great starter at 2.5 miles and easy going, this walk is suitable for all abilities whilst still promising stunning countryside views over gravel, grass and earth paths through winding river valleys and secret gardens. Rest weary soles with a visit to Threave Castle itself, a formidable island fortress steeped in history.
- Loch Trool Circular Walk – 5.5 miles along the loch side and through the forest is the historic site where Robert the Bruce defeated an army of 1500 with only 300 men by luring them to the steep banks of the loch. This walk is home to a variety of wildlife including roe deer and has many waterfalls and burns running down its steep declines.
- The Annan Riverside Walk – an average 6 mile round trip with a choice of starting points, this circular walk along the River Annan has a bridge in between to allow for shorter routes and stops can be made at Annan or Brydekirk for a little well earned refreshment.
- Galloway Forest Park – spanning over 300 square miles with gentle burnside ambles all the way to the 8 miles scale up The Merrick, the southern uplands’ highest summit. Walkers here can hope to see red squirrel, visit Murray’s Monument and pass by the picturesque Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall. There’s three friendly visitor’s centres too!
- The Mull Of Galloway Trail – experienced country walkers will be treated to breathtaking costal views as they follow this trail along both sides of the peninsula passing the lighthouse and majestic cliffs. This meaty 35 mile trail can be shortened slightly but is not for the faint hearted.
Make the most of winter this year when you escape to peace and tranquility, in this land of outstanding natural beauty, with a weekend break in Scotland.