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Set in picturesque countryside along the banks of the river Cree, the small town of Newton Stewart is a haven for anglers and walkers on a cottage holiday. Nature is at its most abundant in this region, where the Galloway Forest Park provides a good starting point for ramblers and nature lovers, and is home to southern Scotland’s highest peak, Merrick, which is set within more than three hundred square miles of spectacular forest park, woodlands, mountains and lochs. Birds of prey are common here, and birdwatchers can hope to find red kites, buzzards and maybe even a glimpse of a golden eagle.

The Wood of Cree Nature Reserve, a few miles beyond the town, is a lovely spot to walk, fish, picnic and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this lovely corner of the country. Nearby, the charming port of Portpatrick and the ‘book town’ of Wigtown are worth a visit, whilst the flat terrain of the Machars Peninsula is ideal for a spot of cycling. Sights nearby include stunning Castle Kennedy Gardens, some of the finest in the country, Threave Castle, near Castle Douglas, and Caerlaverock Castle.

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