Brigton - Holm - Stroan Bridge - Brigton

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Brigton – Old Bridge of Minnoch – Holm – Stroan Bridge Visitor Centre – Southern Upland Way – Brigton

This is a river walk par excellence along a stretch of the beautiful Water of Minnoch. The walk was offered as part of the 2009 Newton Stewart Walking Festival, then in its seventh year. The walk is an extended version of my Walk 1806 and starts and finishes at the same place.

The outward route is along the east bank of the Water of Minnoch. Care is needed as in places the path is rocky and runs very close to the river. After thirty minutes the pack-horse bridge known locally as 'Roman' Bridge is reached. Another fifteen minutes brings you to the farm buildings at Holm. Further upstream comes the confluence with the Water of Trool, over which a railed footbridge leads to the visitor centre at Stroan Bridge. Here are refreshments, information, picnic tables and toilet facilities.

The return leg is initially along a minor road, then the route passes through beautiful ancient woodland, returns to the Water of Minnoch and uses part of the Southern Upland Way to get back to the start.

Information for Dog Owners: subject always to the normal precautions to be observed by dog-owners when walking in sheep country, this walk is considered suitable for biddable dogs.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Galloway Forest Park

Features

Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Mostly Flat, River, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland