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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.

Kennick Burn

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Kennick Burn 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.

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


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. 

1 miles / 1.5 km

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.  


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 & access

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.

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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0300 067 6900 (option 2)
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