Bruce's Stone at Glentrool King Robert Bruce, known to posterity as "Robert the Bruce", vanquished the English forces at Bannockburn in 1314 and restored independence to Scotland.
Castle Kennedy (pictured) on the A75 towards Stranraer, is worth a visit, not so much for the romantic, ivy clad ruins of the 1607 castle, destroyed by fire in 1716, but for the gardens.
Book for the daily Ice Cream Tasting event at 1.30pm and for Finlay's Farm & Creamery Tour at 2.45pm. Cairnholy () and Torhouse Stone Circle are two notable examples.
Within a thirty-mile radius of Newton Stewart there are many castles, fortified buildings, brochs and tower houses.
These gardens are renowned for their display of rhododendrons and azaleas and for the monkey puzzle avenue.
Many gardens on the acid soils of this area are particularly noted for azaleas and rhododendrons in early summer.