Visit Newton Stewart and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway. This busy market town and educational centre is attractively situated on the Cree, just above the head of tidal water, and among hilly wooded country. It takes its name from William Stewart, the third son of the Earl of Galloway, who built a few houses and obtained a charter from Charles II for the town as a burgh of barony. The district pioneered plantations and agricultural development; the drystane dyke of modern times was developed in the Newton Stewart area from the 1690s.
There has been much reclamation of boggy land along the Cree estuary since the mid-18th century, which has given a wide area of very fertile farmland — though, as is shown by the great cluster of cairns in the flat fields by the road approaching the town from the South East (all but one are mere foundations now), men have found the district a good one to live in for a very long time.
The town was slow in developing after the 1677 charter, and there was much smuggling in the area during the 18th century. In the late 1770s, Sir William Douglas, founder of Castle Douglas, bought the estate, changed the name to Newton Douglas (which never caught on), got a new charter, and started spinning, weaving, and carpet-manufacture.
The town is a splendid holiday and fishing centre. On the Creetown road, 3 miles South East, is Bargaly Glen, which is associated with John Buchan's Thirty-Nine Steps. North East the road past Murray's Monument to New Galloway leads through splendid mountain scenery, which is now richly forested.
Nearby towns: Ballantrae, Creetown, Girvan, New Galloway, Portpatrick, Stranraer, Wigtown
Nearby villages: Balminnoch, Bargrennan, Barraer, Bladnoch, Carsluith, Challoch, Isle of Whithorn, Kirkcowan, Kirkinner, Minnigaff, Palnure, Port William, Talnotry, Whauphill
Have you decided to visit Newton Stewart or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Newton Stewart bed and breakfast (a Newton Stewart B&B or Newton Stewart b and b)
- a Newton Stewart guesthouse
- a Newton Stewart hotel (or motel)
- a Newton Stewart self-catering establishment, or
- other Newton Stewart accommodation