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Kennick Burn

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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.

About

Home to red kites and a babbling burn

This quiet and atmospheric woodland winds along the banks of the picturesque Kennick Burn. Enjoy a peaceful picnic or a gentle amble, while keeping your eyes on the skies for red kites.

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Kennick Burn Trail

A delightful meander alongside the babbling Kennick Burn, where you'll find some lovely cascades and all sorts of woodland and riverside wildlife. 

Section of uneven rocky and earthy surface with exposed tree roots. Some short steep slopes. Includes two narrow bridges, several rocky steps and a short section along the road. 

Moderate trail grade icon
1 miles / 1.5 km

Allow
¾ hour

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Play Pooh Sticks from the bridge over the burn and watch for plump dippers and pied wagtails bobbing on the banks. Enjoy the songs of woodland birds in the canopy and watch out for buzzards and red kites overhead.  

Activities

Drive the Galloway Red Kite Trail

Kennick Burn is just off the route of the Galloway Kite Trail, which is a great way to view spectacular red kites in lovely scenery. Spot these magnificent birds soaring overhead along the 24 mile route and visit a red kite feeding station just to the east of Laurieston.

Facilities and access

Walking
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Picnic area
Picnic area

The nearest public toilets, shops and cafés are in New Galloway, Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet - all are within 10 miles drive of the forest.

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

Kennick Burn is 1½ miles west of Laurieston village. Follow the sign for 'Gatehouse of Fleet' from the crossroads in the centre of the village. The car park is easily spotted on the south side of this road, 5 minutes drive from Laurieston. 

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DG7 2PT is the nearest postcode.

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Moss on tree

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Viewpoint
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