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Glen of the Bar

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COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

Latest forest information

  • The viewing platform is temporarily closed whilst engineers carry out essential inspection works. Apologies for any inconvenience.

About

Historic viewpoint at the head of a long tree-clad gully

Pause or picnic at this magnificent viewpoint over a tree-clad gully that runs for nearly a mile. Numerous animal bones have been found at the end of the gully, prompting historians to suggest that early peoples of the area herded wild animals into the steep sided ravine, and then hurled stones and spears at them to kill them.

Facilities and access

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You'll find parking, toilets (including accessible facilities), a café and a shop at Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre or Kirroughtree Visitor Centre at each end of the Queen's Way.

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

The lay-by for Glen of the Bar is on the south side of the A712 (also known as The Queen's Way) between Newton Stewart and New Galloway.

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DG8 7BL is the nearest postcode.

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Viewpoint
Distance from 'Glen of the Bar': 0.59 miles
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Distance from 'Glen of the Bar': 1.08 miles
A woman looks through a viewing window at a red deer

Get up close to some of Galloway's resident deer

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Distance from 'Glen of the Bar': 2.26 miles

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