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Barr Trails

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COVID-19 update

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

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.

Walking trails (1)

Walking

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.

Strenuous trail grade icon
3 ½ miles / 5.7 km

Allow
2½ hours

More information

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 and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Picnic area
Picnic area

You’ll find places to eat in Barr village.

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.

More about parking

Getting here

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.

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Nearest postcode: KA26 9TN

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Nearby forests

Purple heather

Poignant viewpoint in the high hills of Galloway

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Distance from 'Barr Trails': 3.41 miles
Children walking on felled tree in forest

Discover Ayrshire's finest mountain scenery by car

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Forest drive
Forest drive
Play area
Play area
Fishing
Fishing
Picnic area
Picnic area
Ancient monument
Ancient monument
Distance from 'Barr Trails': 4.39 miles
Bruce's stone at Loch Trool at night

Short walk to one of Scotland's most beautiful views

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Distance from 'Barr Trails': 9.75 miles

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Phone
0300 067 6900 (option 2)
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