Old Photograph River Cree Newton Stewart Scotland
Old photograph of the River Cree at Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The River Cree runs through Newton Stewart and into the Solway Firth. It forms part of the boundary between the counties of Wigtownshire and Kirkcudbrightshire. The tributaries of the Cree are the Minnoch, Trool, Penkiln and Palnure which drain from the Range of the Awful Hand, the labyrinthine range of mountains and lochs, bogs, burns and crags, rising at its highest to The Merrick, Galloway, 12 miles to the north and visible from Newton Stewart. The Cree was also the source of power for the textile mills built in Newton Stewart in the 18th Century when water power was a key element in industrial development. Salmon fishing using stake nets can still be seen in the bay but are no longer common. Other traditional methods of salmon fishing using " haaf nets " have also declined. However, enthusiastic anglers return year after year to the Cree and fine fresh run salmon are still caught in worthwhile numbers.
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