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The River Cree, or "the silvery winding Cree" as it has been called, is one of Galloway's finest salmon rivers and has its sources in the Galloway Forest Park.
Combining the tributaries of the Minnoch, the Trool, the Penkiln and the Palnure burns the River Cree becomes an impressive sight as it snakes it way down through the hills around Glentrool, through Newton Stewart, which is built around the river, and on to the famous Cree estuary. The Cree estuary provides a sanctuary to a diversity of birds and wildfowl, making it a paradise for the keen birdwatcher and also for the enthusiastic photographer at certain times of the year.
The Galloway Hydro-Electric Scheme is almost dependant on the River Cree, it is a great provider to the source. Blackwater of Dee rises in the hills of the Galloway Forest Park and meanders through the forest until it meets Clatteringshaws Dam where it then broadens out to form the very impressive Clatteringshaws Loch which feeds Glenlee Power Station via a 6 kilometre tunnel.
The river is then allowed to continue its journey parallel to the route of the old Raiders Road, through the Otters Pool to Stroan Loch, it then passes underneath the now, disused railway viaduct before reaching the 11 mile stretch of Loch Ken and finally, finishes its journey as it becomes part of the Solway Firth.