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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.

Barrhill Woods

Where we are

Barrhill Woods Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

Bluebells, bumblebees and blackbirds, with a view over Kirkcudbright

Barhill Woods is a lovely mixed woodland of broadleaves and conifers, right on the doorstep of Kirkcudbright. This attractive town is famous as the home of many Scottish artists, and Barrhill Woods are just the place to come for some inspiration. The woods are especially pretty in late spring, when bluebells cover the ground.

There are great views over Kircudbright and its harbour, while the forest is alive with blackbirds and thrushes: listen for the rustle as they search for food among the leaves. You might hear the drumming of woodpeckers too.

Walking trails


Woodland Trail

A peaceful stroll through the shady beech, spruce and larch woodland on Bar Hill, which is alive with wildlife. 

Mostly firm gravel and earth surface with some uneven and potentially muddy sections. Includes some steep slopes and a short narrow section.

¾ miles / 1.3 km

½ hour

Facilities & access


You’ll find public toilets and plenty of places to eat in Kirkcudbright.

Getting here

If you’re in Kirkcudbright already, you can walk right into the wood from Silver Craigs Avenue or Woodlands Road.

For the car park, follow the B727, signposted to Gelston, from the centre of Kirkcudbright. The car park is about 1/3 mile (530 metres) up this road on the right hand side, at grid reference NX 690 509.

Using SatNav?

Nearest postcode: DG6 4XY 

Public transport

Several bus routes serve Kirkcudbright. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.

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