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Balloch Woods

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Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

About

Follow the Balloch Burn up the hillside above Creetown

Balloch Woods clothe the hillside above Creetown, on the edge of the wide Cree Estuary. The richly varied woodland woodland follows the course of the Balloch Burn, and has good populations of woodpeckers, tree creepers and red squirrels.

Each season has something to offer: there are primroses and bluebells in spring, and in autumn vivid orange larch needles drift to the forest floor. There’s a particularly rich collection of mosses and ferns, especially in the gorge carved by the burn.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking

You’ll find shops and places to eat in Creetown.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

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Getting here

Creetown is just off the A75 between Newton Stewart and Gatehouse of Fleet. You can get into the woods directly from the village: go up Kirk Brae, near the museum at the south end of the village, and past the church to find the forest entrance. This is the starting point for the Burnside Trail.

Other trails start from a small car park at the east end of the woods. From the centre of Creetown go up High Steet, opposite the Ellangowan Hotel, then take a left fork and after about 250 yards turn right onto a minor road that becomes single track. Follow this for about a mile (1.6 km) to the car park.

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Nearest postcode: DG8 7EU

Public transport

Check Traveline Scotland for details of buses to Creetown.

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Nearby forests

Stars in night sky over forest

Galloway Forest Park’s gateway centre

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Mountain biking
Mountain biking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
All ability trails
All ability trails
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Visitor centre
Visitor centre
Shop
Shop
Play area
Play area
Bike hire
Bike hire
Changing places
Changing places
Shower
Shower
Picnic area
Picnic area
Tourist information
Tourist information
Campervan parking
Campervan parking
Distance from 'Balloch Woods': 3.70 miles
A foot path through Cally Woods, Galloway with trees to either side.

Tranquil woodland on the edge of Gatehouse of Fleet

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Horse riding
Horse riding
Distance from 'Balloch Woods': 4.71 miles
Trees in forest

Peaceful forest roads with fine views over Newton Stewart

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Distance from 'Balloch Woods': 5.33 miles

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