Newton Stewart Walking Festival

Thank you for your interest in Newton Stewart Walking Festival. Often described as Scotland's best kept secret, Galloway is a wonderfully unspoilt landscape with an endless variety of routes for walkers to enjoy. Walkfest offers almost 30 routes over 7 days, with transport and guides included, as well as a programme of evening social events.

UPDATE 10 MAY 2024: ONLINE BOOKNG HAS NOW CLOSED AND AVAILABILITY IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED ON THIS WEBSITE. To check availabilty on walks or to make changes to bookings please speak to the registration staff at McMillan Hall or via the phone line (07421 312 056).

This year we are running our 20th Newton Stewart Walking Festival. To celebate, we are offering two multi-day challenges. Our Ring of Fire challenge is a three day route of strenuous and very strenuous walks while our Southern Upland Way challenge is a 4 day route of moderate and moderate plus walks. Find out more here.

A one page summary of the full programme for the 2024 Newton Stewart Walking Festival can be found here. A paper copy of this one page programme can be picked up from Stewart R Cunningham Outdoor Centre in Newton Stewart.

A map showing all the routes can be found here.

Our participant infrormation pack is available to download here.

Tell us what you think about WalkFest 2024

We want to hear from you, so please take a moment to complete an evaluation form. You can pick up a paper copy at registration, and pop completed forms into the box at reception. Alternatively, you can now fill the form in online here

Find out more about Newton Stewart, the Gateway to the Galloway Hills, and why not discover many wonderful self guided walks around Newton Stewart at any time of year using our free booklet.

Newton Stewart is a Walkers are Welcome Town and WalkFest is a Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere charter mark event.


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Funding received from:
S R Cunningham
Galloway Glens
Kilgallioch Community Fund
The Belted Galloway
Dumfries & Galloway Council
With support from:
Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere
Walkers Are Welcome