Galloway Forest Park
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.
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.
Find out more in our Galloway Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 4.6MB) or in our Galloway Ranger magazine.
You may notice that there has been tree felling work in many parts of Galloway Forest Park. Phytophthora ramorum (larch disease) has caused widespread damage and killed many larch trees, that we were required under plant health law to remove. The felling's changed how the forest looks and feels – but it has also created some amazing views. Come along and have a look.
Galloway Forest Park has received a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The certificate is given out to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers.
As seen on TV!
Galloway Forest Park and some of the Forestry Commission staff who work there are currently the stars of a new BBC Scotland documentary series. Watch episodes of The Forest on BBC iPlayer.
Forests to visit
The ideal place to start your forest adventure, with a great café, trails, wild watch hide and an adventure play park.