The Almorness Peninsula

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This satisfying walk is set in the East Stewartry Coast National Scenic Area, where the Almorness Peninsula pokes a priapic point into the Solway Firth between Orchardton Bay and Rough Firth. It is a memorable walk through pretty woods to lovely beaches, with stunning coastal scenery throughout. The full route is nine miles, but there is a much shorter alternative.

This walk was offered as part of the 2010 Newton Stewart Walking Festival and was ably led by Ian Brown, National Scenic Area Ranger.

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 - Coast

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, Public Transport, Sea, Wildlife, Woodland
19/04/2016 - Ben Frazer

We decided to try this walk today (19th April 2016) and have to say that this is one of the walks we have been disappointed by. Primarily the problems with this walk are directions and photographs are incorrect / incomplete / confusing. We have trouble between points 10 and 11 where the images and directions shown seem to be to a completely different walk and once you get across the boggy/wetland, the path up and round the peninsula is initially just as boggy then becomes nondescript and has been impeded with fallen and up rooted trees. We made it to the first beach and decided to turn around to get back to the marked house, and on this route we did not see any other paths that joined the road we were on that were suggested by the directions. Overall a potentially beautiful walk somewhat ruined by poor directions and instruction.

17/10/2015 - Kevin O'Neill

Given the location this walk shouldn't be anything but be enjoyable. That said I'm prompted to warn of issues that may be a spoiler. Firstly, it is far too long to be 'Good for Kids' as claimed, as we found out even taking the shorter route. Secondly the boggy bit mentioned was really a little too boggy to get across comfortably. Somebody in front of us turned back. Thirdly although we pressed on, any paths off the beach beyond at White Port Bay were completely overgrown. To our disappointment we had to turn back, and cross the bog once again.

15/05/2011 - MIKE DUDLEY

Very good walk - especially early May with the gorse, broom and bluebells in vivid colour. The directions are a bit vague, and rely to some extent on having printed off the pictures associated with the walk, e.g. "follow Ian"! It needs to be clearer also, e.g turn left over stile at Tornat wood sign. You wont get lost but may end up having to unecessarily cross some boggy bits! Dog friendly - apart from a few sheep and plenty of pheasants! Many thanks though for the introduction to a superb area