Please read these notes carefully as they provide helpful information about our talking part in our festival and enjoying your stay in our area. Our main aim is your enjoyment. We also hope that whether you are a visitor or a local, you will learn something of this beautiful area of Scotland. These guidelines are published to ensure your safety and enjoyment and we ask that you respect them at all times.
What you should know about our walks
Booking is essential and you can make payment online using your credit or debit card. Telephone bookings and payment by cheque can still be accepted.
A full refund will be made if you cancel your booking up to and including 24th April 2020. No refunds will be made for cancellations made after 24th April 2020, but you are free to transfer the full value of your payment to other walks and events during the festival if there are spaces available. If you are unable to attend a booked walk, please leave a message on the booking line on 07421 312 056 as early as possible so that your space can be offered to another walker.
All walks will be led by experienced leaders. On the more demanding walks, the walk leaders will be members of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team. On the shorter walks the guides may be local historians, wildlife rangers or enthusiasts who will discuss the history, wildlife etc of the area as you walk.
Clothing and footwear
On the hill walks you must wear proper walking boots and clothing and carry your own waterproofs and sufficient food for the duration of the walk. On other walks you are advised to wear walking boots and be prepared for all kinds of weather.
Walkers aged under 16
Walkers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Walk leader discretion
In the interests of safety, walk leaders reserve the right to decline to take walkers whom they consider to be inadequately equipped or who they have reason to believe may not be able to complete the route. Walkers' safety is our priority at all times. If you are unsure about your suitability for a particular walk, do not hesitate to contact us and one of our experienced guides will contact you to discuss.
Please note that dogs are not allowed on any WalkFest walks. This is in line with policy elsewhere.
When you are out walking, please observe the Country Code and respect the life and work of the countryside.
Please note that costs indicated for all walks include coach transfer from Riverside View Car Park (Saturday & Sunday) or Dashwood Square, Newton Stewart (other days) to the walk start point and return. Our registration staff will guide you to the correct bus. Buses will leave promptly and for the enjoyment of others we can't wait for those arriving late. To ensure the smoothly flowing of the festival, we cannot normally accommodate requests by walkers to join the walk at the starting point of the route.
Whilst Newton Stewart Walking Festival has public liability insurance it will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following:
1. The act(s) and/or omission(s) of any walker
2. The act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with Newton Stewart Walking Festival and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable
All walkers are strongly advised to obtain adequate medical insurance to cover them in the event of an accident or illness.
Changes to the festival programme
The organisers retain the right to alter walk routes and/or withdraw routes from the programme without notice. Watch the website or Facebook page or sign up for our Newsletter to keep up to date.
Making the most of your visit to our area
There is a wide range of accommodation available in the Newton Stewart area. Details can be found on local and national tourist accommodation websites such as www.visitsouthwestscotland.com or www.visitscotland.com and on a range of well known accommodation sites such as www.booking.com
Travel and transport
The festival is based in Newton Stewart and all walks start and finish in the town (using our own transport where requried) and all evening events take place in Newton Stewart. It is quite possible to take part in our festival without access to your own transport. If you plan to use public transport to arrive in the area, or use while here, times of all buses in the region can be found on the Dumfries and Galloway Council website at www.dumgal.gov.uk/timetables. Accommodation within Newton Stewart is within walking distance of the registration point. If you decide to stay further field, then neighbouring villages such as Wigtown, Creetown, Kirkcowan and Bargrennan are all with 5 to 10 miles of Newton Stewart and have bus services into Newton Stewart. However, if you are relying on public transport, we would advise that you take account of possible early starts and note that bus services are much less frequent on Sundays than other days of the week.