Scotland is synonymous with golf and just as the East Coast can boast the challenges of St Andrews and Muirfield, the South West Coast can offer Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry , all within 60 to 75 minutes of Cumloden and hosting a total of 36 British Open Championships between them. The first ever British Open was held at Prestwick in 1860.
Southerness, designed by Mackenzie Ross on the Solway Coast, is a gem with panoramic views over the Cumbrian Lake District to the south and the Galloway Hills to the West. Again just over an hour away from Cumloden , the course is a real challenge, especially in the wind and has hosted the Scottish Amateur and Scottish and British Ladies Championships among others.
There are numerous other excellent courses nearby. Stranraer and Portpatrick are attractive links courses while the Wigtownshire County Club at Glenluce is also fun albeit less challenging. Newton Stewart is a handy course for preparing for the challenges above.


There are some wonderful walks through stunning scenery across the region. A stroll through the deer park and on up the hill to Knockman Wood or Garlies Castle is a must, but for the more adventurous there are a whole host of listed walks to choose from to suit all abilities.

Coastal Walks

  • Balcary Bay and Rascarrel near Auchencairn (4.5 miles)
  • Brighouse Bay Circuit (4.5 miles)
  • Tor Point and Red Haven Auchencairn (3.75 miles)
  • The Mull of Galloway (anything up to 6.5 miles)

Hill Walks

  • Cumloden to the Wood of Cree (5 miles)
  • The Merrick from Loch Trool (8.25 miles)
  • The Merrick via Loch Valley from Loch Trool (9.25 miles)
  • Cairnsmore of Fleet (7.25 miles)

Loch Walks

  • Clatteringshaw Loch View Trail (3.25 miles)
  • Loch Trool Circular (5.25 miles)
Rucksacks and picnic hampers are provided for use by our guests along with a range of Wellington boots and waterproof clothing. However some of the walks will require strong hiking boots which guests should bring with them.
There are good country clothes stores in Newton Stewart.
We also have a recommended picnic spot on the Penkiln burn which runs through the Estate. The hardier among you might want to swim first to work up the appetite!


Most of the rivers in the region flow south to the Solway Firth. The defining geographical feature of Newton Stewart is the River Cree, the “silvery winding Cree’. With it’s tributaries, the Minnoch, the Trool, the Penkiln and the Palnure, the Cree drains the south-west flanks of the ‘Range of the Awful Hand’, the labyrinthe range of mountains and lochs, bogs, burns and crags, rising at it’s highest to the Merrick (2764 ft above sea level), 12 miles to the north and visible from Newton Stewart

The Galloway Estate owns 5 miles of double bank fishing, starting a mile above Newton Stewart, with some 20 named pools. The water is divided into 3 beats, 3 rods per beat and rods move beat every day. Catches in the Spring and early summer have been minimal but August through to the end of the season in mid October can provide good sport. Sea trout and brown trout can also be caught. For more information please Click Here

One beat of 3 rods for 3 days will be included in the cost for those renting Cumloden for 6 days or more. We would ask that guests confirm that they would like to take up this option at the time of booking. If additional days/rods are required we will endeavour to provide them but the last 3 months, in particular, get booked up very early so as much notice as possible should be given.Three salmon and three trout rods will be provided for guests use. The ghillie will be on hand to help and provide flies (at a price) if required. Waders and other equipment can be purchased in Newton Stewart.
Loch Fishing
There are numerous local lochs offering fishing for brown and rainbow trout. Loch Ochiltree, some 8 miles from Cumloden, is a substantial piece of water with magnificent views over the Galloway hills. Loch Dee (pictured right) is another wild and wonderful loch in the heart of the Galloway Forest Park. Other lochs include Wee Glenamour, Fyntalloch and Kirriercoch. See for more details

Sea Fishing
Cod, bass, polloch, tope, mackerel and haddock are among the fish that can be found off the coast. There are numerous charter boat companies/individuals including

Shooting & Stalking

Rough walked up shooting to driven days of partridge and early pheasant can be arranged if enough notice is given. Glenapp, Lochinch, Knockdolian and Logan all offer first class sport. For more information on shoots in the area click below to contact Jeremy Culham at Smiths Gore ( Also, fallow and roe deer stalking can be arranged with a stalker at Cumloden (season permitting)
The Solway is renowned for it’s duck and geese flighting. This can be arranged on private estates or through Solway Shooting (contact David Campbell 01-387-870-699)

Bird Watching / Wildlife

There is a fantastic variety of birds and wildlife at Cumloden with otters, red squirrels, fallow and roe deer, badgers, barn owls, dippers and woodpeckers to name but a few.
There are 5 RSPB nature reserves in Dumfries & Galloway
  • Wood of Cree (5 miles from Cumloden)
  • Mull of Galloway
  • Ken-DEE Marshes
  • Mersehead
  • Crook of Baldoon
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Sailing / Water Sports

The tidal waters of the Solway make sailing somewhat treacherous and to the best of our knowledge it is not possible to hire yachts, dinghies or windsurfers on the coast.
Inland on Loch Ken, near New Galloway, there is a sailing centre and a water ski school.


There are numerous on road and off road cycle trails. For the adrenaline seeker the Galloway Forest Park offers 2 of the world famous ‘7 Stanes’ courses at Glentrool and Kirroughtree, the latter just minutes away from Cumloden. Click here for more information
  • Bikes can be hired from the Break Pad at Kirroughtree, Palnure nr Newton Stewart. Click below for more information


The Penkiln burn in front of the house has 3 pools where it is possible for the hardy/children to swim. Be warned the water can be cold! The best local sandy beach is at Mossyard, shown above, or neighbouring Cardoness, both just off the A75 and a 20 minute drive from Cumloden. Other good beaches can be found at Brighouse Bay near Borgue and Dhoon , 3 miles from Kirkcudbright. There are numerous other beaches but they tend to be very rocky with access more difficult.