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Bell's Memorial

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About

Poignant viewpoint in the high hills of Galloway

Take the 'Hill Road' – the quiet road that links Glentrool and Straiton – to find this panoramic viewpoint and picnic site overlooking the highest of the Galloway Hills. Here you'll find a poignant memorial to David Bell. Bell was a passionate local cyclist who wrote about his many adventures in the saddle in a regular column in the Ayrshire Post between 1931 and his death in 1965, under the pen name The Highway Man.

Facilities and access

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The nearest public toilets and places to eat and drink are in Straiton to the north or at Glentrool Visitor Centre to the south.

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

Parking for Bell's Memorial is at a lay-by on the long, unclassified road between Straiton and Glentrool Village (known locally as the Hill Road).

From Straiton, head south along the road signposted for 'Newton Stewart' for 12 miles. From Glentrool Village, head north for 8 miles, keeping to the right when the road forks offering an alternative turning to 'Barr' and 'Crosshill'.

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DG8 6TB is the nearest postcode.

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Parking
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Cycling
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Bell's Memorial': 3.41 miles
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Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
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Forest drive
Play area
Play area
Fishing
Fishing
Picnic area
Picnic area
Ancient monument
Ancient monument
Distance from 'Bell's Memorial': 3.49 miles
Bruce's stone at Loch Trool at night

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Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Distance from 'Bell's Memorial': 6.66 miles

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