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Bell’s Memorial

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Bell’s Memorial 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.

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 & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

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

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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0300 067 6900 (option 2)
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