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Clatteringshaws

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  • The cafe at Clatteringshaws has ceased trading and is currently closed.
  • The car park will remain open, there is no charge for day parking.
  • The toilets are currently closed.

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Watch for wildlife or gaze at the stars

Look out over tranquil Clatteringshaws Loch, a haven for waterbirds in summer, and beyond to the rolling Galloway Hills.

On a clear day, look out for the mighty Merrick, highest hill in the Southern Uplands. Soak up the stunning views or meander beside the loch to the historic Bruce's Stone, one of two stones dedicated to the Scottish king in the Forest Park.

This is also one of the best places to enjoy the night sky – overlooking the darkest part of the Forest Park, which ensures a particularly dramatic stellar show. 

Walking trails

Clatteringshaws route card (PDF)

Walking

Bruce’s Stone Trail (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

  • 5 February 2024: The Bruce's Stone Trail is currently closed while our staff assess and clear the damage caused by the recent adverse weather conditions.

Wander through mature woods along the shore of Clatteringshaws Loch to the granite stone where Robert the Bruce is said to have rested. Great views of the Galloway Hills.

Firm gravel surface throughout with some loose stones. Includes short moderate slopes. Look out for vehicles sharing the track.

Easy trail grade icon
1 miles / 1.6 km

Allow
½ hour

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Look out for woodland and waterside wildlife along the way. In summer, listen for the willow warbler’s rippling song as it hunts for insects amongst the leaves, and the distinctive three-note call of the common sandpiper (a brown and white bird with a long straight beak and a permanently bobbing tail!). You may also be lucky enough to spot our most spectacular summer visitor, the osprey, fishing on the loch.

Activities

Dark Sky Park

Scotland has some of the darkest skies in Europe, and Galloway Forest Park is one of the darkest places in Scotland – which is why it’s the UK’s first Dark Sky Park. Clatteringshaws is a brilliant place to enjoy the night sky – look out for information panels which will help you spot the stars.

Red Kite Trail

The Galloway Kite Trail is an exciting way to view spectacular red kites in lovely scenery. During the summer, the route includes Clatteringshaws and Raiders’ Road Forest Drive. Join the trail at Clatteringshaws and look out for these magnificent birds soaring overhead on a scenic route around Loch Ken. There are viewing points, walking trails, viewing hides and a feeding station along the way.

Long distance cycle route

National Cycle Route 7 (Glasgow to Carlisle via Dumfries and Glen Trool) also winds through the Forest Park, linking Clatteringshaws with the two visitor centres here. You might not want to tackle the whole 200 miles, but get a taste of the experience on scenic stretches of the route.

Facilities and access

Toilets
Toilets
Walking
Walking

Opening hours

The cafe is currently closed. The toilets are open all day.

Car parking information

There is no charge for day parking at Clatteringshaws (Stay the Night charges apply).

Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates. Nearby car parks with free parking can be found in our local forest list without the £ symbol. 

Annual parking passes available:

Available in advance by downloading the relevant application form and emailing to the Regional Office. The Galloway and Dumfries and Galloway Annual Pass can also be purchased from the cafes listed on the form. Please read our Annual Pass terms and conditions (PDF) before applying.

Galloway Car Park Pass - £50 per car and £110 per mini bus or coach
Dumfries and Galloway Car Park Pass - £70 per car and £125 per mini bus or coach
FLS National Car Park Pass - £100 per car and £150 per mini bus or coach

Valid at all Forestry and Land Scotland car parks except Tentsmuir.

FLS National Pass application form

 

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Stay the night

Accessibility

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Getting here

Clatteringshaws is on the Queen's Way (A712) between New Galloway and Newton Stewart, on the shore of Clatteringshaws Loch.

It's to the east of our other destinations (Glen of the Bar, Talnotry, Wild Goat Park, Red Deer Range, Raiders' Road), so when in doubt, head east!

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DG7 3SQ is the nearest postcode.

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0300 067 6900 (option 2)
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