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A new tenant has taken over the running of the café at the Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre. 

Forestry and Land Scotland made the announcement today (1 October) that Martin and Karen Donaldson trading as The Café at Clatteringshaws have signed the lease and will open up the café to the public on Monday 7th October.

The announcement comes following a lengthy period of negotiation with interested parties, which has unfortunately meant that the café has not been open for most of the summer season.

Janette Steele for FLS said;

“It is great news that the café will soon be open for business again! We’ve invested a lot in the Centre to make it a real Visitor Hub for exploring the wider Galloway Forest Park and look forward to working with our new tenants to make it a friendly and welcoming place for locals and tourists alike.”

“We appreciate that visitors have found the lack of this facility frustrating – as have we – and hope that all our local visitors will visit soon to welcome the new tenants and help get the café off to a flying start.”

The café will be open 7 days Monday to Sunday from 10-4 in October and 11-3 during November and December (Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day).

The new team have put together a tasty menu that will cater for all needs and tastes – anything from delicious coffee and home baking to a slap-up lunch or picnic for the forest drive.

Martin for The Café at Clatteringshaws, said;

“Karen and I used to visit the café and always enjoyed the stunning views and walks around the Loch with the dogs.  

“We are really pleased to be taking on this exciting opportunity.” 

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) was established as an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government on 1 April 2019, following completion of the devolution of forestry as a result of the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018. It replaces Forest Enterprise Scotland.
  2. The purpose of FLS is to manage forests and land owned by Scottish Minsters in a way that supports and enables economically sustainable forestry; conserves and enhances the environment; and delivers benefits for people and nature. FLS may manage other forested and non-forested land by arrangement, as set out in the Act.
  3. The primary focus of FLS, in delivering its purpose, is to support Scottish Ministers in their role as leaders of Sustainable Forest Management and Sustainable Development through their stewardship of Scotland's national forests and land.
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  5. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Manager, Forestry and Land Scotland Media Office 0131 370 5059 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.