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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.

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Explore the rolling Galloway glens and hills to discover picturesque forest trails, three friendly visitor centres, wonderful wildlife and a long and colourful history.

Here you can enjoy great walking, easy family cycling, exhilarating mountain biking or just sit back and soak up breathtaking loch and mountain views and starry night skies.

The night sky at Kirroughtree © VisitScotland

Start your adventure at a visitor centre

Start exploring at one of the Forest Park’s three visitor centres. Visit Kirroughtree, the gateway centre for Galloway Forest Park, for active adventures. Discover wonderful woods, water, hills and history at Glentrool and enjoy tranquil views over lochs and hills at Clatteringshaws. Kirroughtree and Glentrool are also home to two of the world-famous 7stanes mountain bike trail centres.

A great day out any time of year

The Forest Park has everything you need for a great day out, whatever the time of year. Meet red deer and wild goats, choose from two scenic Forest Drives, follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce or picnic beside a peaceful loch. This is also Scotland’s first Dark Sky Park – one of the best places to stargaze in Europe.

Guide map to Galloway Forest Park (PDF 4.6MB)

Forests to visit

The night sky at Kirroughtree © VisitScotlandKirroughtree Visitor Centre

Galloway Forest Park’s gateway centre.



Clatteringshaws Loch © VisitScotlandClatteringshaws

Watch for wildlife or gaze at the stars.



Couple walking their dog at GlentroolGlentrool

Woods, water, hills and history.



Bluebells © robwingate/UnsplashRaiders’ Road Forest Drive

The best of Galloway Forest Park from the comfort of your car.

Raiders' Road


Deer at Red Deer Range © Mandy WilliamsRed Deer Range

Get up close to some of Galloway's resident deer.

Red Deer Range


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