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Barrhill Woods

Where we are

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

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 (1)

Walking

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.

Moderate trail grade icon
¾ miles / 1.3 km

Allow
½ hour

Facilities and access

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

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

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.

Using SatNav?

Nearest postcode: DG6 4XY 

Public transport

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

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0300 067 6900 (option 2)
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