Newton Stewart & Minnigaff are adjoining towns seperated by the River Cree in the Wigtownshire region of Dumfries & Galloway in South West Scotland.
Only 28 miles from the ferry terminal at Cairnryan which runs daily services from/to Belfast, just 81 miles south of Glasgow and only 86 miles west of the M6 from Gretna Green, on the edge of Galloway Forest Park at the foot of the Galloway Hills.
Newton Stewart & Minnigaff lie just off the A75 road between Stranraer (25 miles) to the West, Girvan (30 miles) to the North and Dumfries (50 miles) to the East.
From the North
Follow the M77 Kilmarnock/Prestwick Airport route South from Glasgow which becomes the A77 heading for Ayr/Girvan. Continue to Girvan where you'll leave the A77 onto the A714 road for Newton Stewart.
From the West
If you're travelling from Northern Ireland, follow signs at Cairnryan Ferry Port for the A75 Dumfries/Carlisle route East for 28 miles, taking a left off the A75 onto the A714 for Newton Stewart.
From the East
If you're travelling from the North or South of England, follow the M6 North until you reach Gretna Green and leave the motorway at Junction 22 onto the A75. Follow signs for Dumfries/Stranraer and stay on the A75 for 81 miles, taking a right onto the A714 for Newton Stewart.
There is a regular train service from Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Ayr, Girvan and Barrhill to Stranraer which is just 25 miles from Newton Stewart and well connected with bus travel from there.
Barrhill train station, to the North, is 18 miles from Newton Stewart with connecting bus services from Stagecoach. Stranraer train station, to the West, is 25 miles from Newton Stewart with better bus connections to get you in to Newton Stewart.
You'll find train timetable information, prices and ticket booking on the ScotRail website:
You'll also find tickets and timetable information online at the Trainline website:
The festival is just 28 miles from Loch Ryan ferry port and the Belfast - Cairnryan (StenaLina) and Larne - Cairnryan (P&O Ferries) ferry services with connecting bus services to/from Stranraer and on to Newton Stewart & Minnigaff.
Choose from up to 6 sailings per day to/from Belfast - Cairnryan on the Stena Superfast ferries. You can find timetable information, ticket pricing and online booking on the StenaLine website at:
Choose from up to 7 sailings per day to/from Larne - Cairnryan with the fastest crossing to Scotland. Timetable information, ticket pricing and online booking is available on the P&O Ferries website at:
Newton Stewart is well connected on bus/coach routes with regular services from Stranraer, to the West, and Dumfries, to the East. There are also services from Girvan, to the North.
You can view bus timetable information online at the Dumfries & Galloway Council website:
Get live bus information and plan your route online directly on the Stagecoach website:
You'll also find really useful information, including a route planner, online at Traveline Scotland:
The 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over 12th-14th July 2019 and, after another outstanding programme of events in 2018 which saw us hosting Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music, it looks set to be another packed programme and is really living up to it's reputation as one of the best rural arts festivals in Dumfries & Galloway.