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50. Wigtown Book Festival
Difficulty of Trail: Easy peasy
Length of Trail: Less than 1 mile

Wigtown is 7 miles south of Newton Stewart on the A714, in Dumfries and Galloway.

This box was planted during the Wigtown Book Festival in 2010, and while the festival is a very good reason to visit Wigtown, the town and area hold lots of appeal during the rest of the year as well. Wigtown boasts the status of Scotland’s national book town, and has over 20 book related businesses. The whole area is beautiful, with rolling farmlands and lovely views of the sea. Wigtown’s home page ( even has a linocut adorning the top margin (a really nice cut at that).

The letterbox, commemorating the book festival, is hidden near the Martyrs’ Monument on top of Wendy Hill, a few minutes walk from the town center. This link offers a map with Windy Hill and the Monument:

There’s a short dirt road leading off of the street, with a sign pointing you in the right direction. A gate on the left allows entry into the postage stamp of grass on which stands the Martyrs’ Monument and a public water supply. There is a bench by the monument, from which there are lovely views of Wigtown and the sea beyond.

From this bench (with the monument at your back), turn to the right and head down the small hill, towards the short wall separating the road from the stamp of grass. A small part of this wall is exposed (the stones) on the grass-side (not the road side) and the letterbox is hidden at the base of this bit, behind some of the stones.

This area wasn’t highly busy, but is nonetheless quite out in the open, so a bit of subtlety and stealth might be necessary not to attract the kind of attention that causes boxes to go missing. Please be discrete and ensure the box is very well re-hidden when you are finished.

Other Info:
Drive by
For this box, you will need:
  • An inkpad
  • Something to write with

Hidden On: 26/09/2010
Last Known Find:  Please let us know your find