Walking in the Rhins

There are so many wonderful areas to discover walking in the Rhins. Our countryside has much to offer whether you like hill walking, coastal walking, or nature walks. At our Gateway to Galloway hub, we have a selection of OS maps, trails, books and walking routes from across Galloway readily available for you to enjoy and embrace nature. We are fortunate to have serval well established routes in our area, with the Rhins as a clear starting point.

A book of the 30 Best Wigtownshire Walks complied by Robert Clark and published by the Stranraer Rotary club can be purchased from Gateway to Galloway Hub. 

Stranraer Town Trail

Take a walk through the town and immerse in the history as you go. The Stranraer History trust have developed a fascinating trail which highlights the interesting sites and buildings that Stranraer has to offer. Look out for the various plaques, with detailed historic information along the way. Additionally, you can collect the town trail map and informational leaflet at Gateway to Galloway. To learn more about Stranraer history, please click this link.

Mull of Galloway Trial

The Mull of Galloway Trail is a stunning coastal walk developed and maintained by Stranraer Rotary Club. The route can be started from Gateway to Galloway Hub and completes at the Mull of Galloway, the most Southernly point in Scotland. Additionally, The Mull of Galloway Trail has north links to the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Leaflets on this trail are available at the Gateway to Galloway and for more information, please click this link. The Mull of Galloway has a an experience 

Rhins Coastal Path

Currently under development, the Rhins Coastal Path on completion will be an 83-mile circular route around the Rhins linking North to South of the peninsula.

Southern Upland Way

The Southern Upland Way is a 214-mile walk stretching West to East across Scotland. The route has been spilt into 12 sections to allow for shorter walks that can be managed in a day. The first two sections of the route begin in the Rhins. Part 1 of the route is from Portpatirck to Castle Kennedy, part 2 of the routes takes you from Castle Kennedy to Bargrennan. For more information, please click this link.

Galloway Forrest Park

Galloway forest park has much to offer for different walking abilities, with trails ranging from easy to strenuous. For experienced walkers or those looking for a challenge, the Forest Park is home to the Merrick the highest mountain on part of the Southern Upland Way. The forest Park offers some of the darkest skies in Scotland, boasting the UK’s first dark sky park, absent of any light pollution. The Galloway Forrest Park is also home to a Wild Goat Park, a Red Deer Range, and the famed Bruce’s Stones, said to be the final resting place of Robert the Bruce. There is multiple visitor centre for the forest park within a short drive from Stranraer, the nearest being Glentrool (33 miles), Kirkoughtree (43 miles) and Clatteringshaws (54 miles). For more information please click this link.