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Accommodation in Newton Stewart is plentiful with hotels, bed and breakfast and guest houses to choose from.
There are many shops in Newton Stewart for provisions including Cunningham’s Outdoor Centre for clothing and equipment.
The picturesque and friendly market town of Newton Stewart was founded in the mid 17th Century by William Stewart, youngest son of the 2nd Earl of Galloway. The "New Town of Stewart" was granted Burgh status by charter from King Charles II allowing a weekly market and two annual fairs to be held.
Sited on the banks of the River Cree, Newton Stewart has prospered and may be regarded as the gateway to the Galloway Hills and the important historical region of the Machars. Indeed it was on a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Ninian at Whithorn, in 1329, that Robert the Bruce forded the river where the present handsome bridge stands. Built in 1813 it replaced the old bridge of 1745 which was destroyed by floods in 1806.
The Southern Upland Way runs through parts of the Galloway Forest Park, north of Newton Stewart which is an accommodation location for the route.