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New Galloway


Dumfries and Galloway

New Galloway
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

New Galloway

A village in the Glenkens district of Galloway, New Galloway lies at the head of Loch Ken and at the eastern end of the Queen's Way, 19 miles (30.5 km) north of Kirkcudbright. It was built in the mid 17th century by Viscount Kenmure, who developed the site as a market centre for the Glenkens. Though it was created a royal burgh in 1630 it was not well served by its location and has remained the smallest burgh in Scotland. Nearby stands the remains of the 15th-century Kenmure Castle the former seat of the Gordons of Lochinvar. Mary Queen of Scots stayed here in 1563 on a tour, and was assisted by the family during her flight from Scotland. There is a 9-hole golf course and to the northwest is the Galloway hydro-electric generating station built in 1935.


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