COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland
FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.
Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.
All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.
Miles of trails that criss-cross through beautiful countryside
You could happily spend a week’s holiday exploring the countryside around the remote Ayrshire village of Barr. Nearly 20 miles (32 km) of paths criss-cross the rolling countryside through forest, along riversides and across open hills.
The trails here cross land belonging to other individuals and organisations as well as Forestry and Land Scotland. You’re sure to enjoy them all.
Fairy Knowe Trail
Climb through the eerie spruce trees to emerge above the Fairy Knowe and a rushing waterfall for some magical views over the forest to Haggis Hill.
Uneven grassy paths with narrow, muddy and rough sections. Some steep slopes and a long flight of steps for 100m. Includes some bridges and wide gates.
Allow 2½ hours
The Fairy Knowe is a delightful spot on the burn: rest here and admire the water rushing through a spectacular cleft in the hills.
Facilities & access
You’ll find places to eat in Barr village.
To reach the forest car park, take the single track road from the Kings Hotel in Barr village, following the Water of the Gregg. Pass the village school and continue for about ½ mile (800 metres), then turn left at the first fork to reach the car park.
Nearest postcode: KA26 9TN
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