Galloway House Gardens to Eggerness point

Walking Route

Galloway House Gardens to Eggerness point


The footing of this walk is moderate within the Gardens and turns to a flat rocky shore to the village of Garlieston, and then a beaten earth track bearing right past Eggerness farm entrance, through farmland and wooded shoreline, which can be uneven.

Begin at the small fenced car park within the Galloway House estate, at the entrance to the Gardens. The shelter in the car park has an information board and an honesty box alongside the start of the various Garden Walks. There are fine specimens of rhododendrons and a rare Handkerchief Tree within the policies, as well as mature woodland, planted in the 18th and 19th Centuries by the Earls of Galloway.

There are multiple routes round the Gardens and some paths are suitable for wheelchair users. The shore route proceeds north (the bay on your right hand) on a flat beaten path, sometimes very close to the shore. You have a view of the bay where the Mulberry Harbour was tested in World War II, for the Normandy Landings, and a view of the rear elevation of Galloway House, once the home to the Earls of Galloway.

Garlieston itself, which you reach from the south, is a planned village, built by the Earls, with elegant curving terraces. If you wish to continue the walk, you proceed northwards through the village (or along the beach) and take the path round the point to Eggerness, where there was once a promontory fort. The route is through a wooded shoreline, which can be uneven and involve some scrambling among rocks. You can continue all the way to Innerwell, whence you can return by road.

5.5mi / 9km
Total climb:
295ft / 90m
Total descent:
295ft / 90m
Towns along route:
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What you'll see

Galloway House Gardens - Newton Stewart

Animals & Wildlife, Parks & Gardens

The Gardens and the House were constructed in the 1740’s for Lord Alexander Garlies, who became 6th Earl of Galloway.

Galloway House - Newton Stewart

Castles & Stately Homes

Lord Alexander Garlies, son of the fifth Earl of Galloway and the Machars’ greatest landowner, built the house in 1740.


Towns & Villages

Wigtown is a bustling town seven miles south of Newton Stewart, on the Machars peninsula. It is recognised as Scotland's National Book Town.

Eggerness Point/Castle Site - Garlieston

Ancient, Wartime

Occupation from both prehistoric and early historic periods is evidenced by cup and ring markings and by the discovery of rock carvings.

Innerwell - Garlieston

History & Heritage

Innerwell, where you can turn inland by road to rejoin the B7004 and return left (southwards) towards Garlieston village, was once a landing place and…