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Kirroughtree Forest Notices

All Walking and Mountain Biking Trails are open, with some diversions. (Last updated 22 August)

  • On 24 August, the Larg Hill Trail, the Skills Area and the Twister Trail are closed for the 10 at Kirroughtree race. Walking trails are unaffected. Trails close at 6pm on 23 August.
  • Following inspections of the Bruntis Loch and Little Bruntis Dams, remedial works are required. Work begins on 22 July, and may last several months.
    Walking trails affected: Anniversary Cairn Trail, Larg Hill Trail and Little Bruntis Trail. We are sorry if this affects your plans today.
  • Our staff are strimming the edges of the trails throughout the summer. Please watch out for them on the paths as you go.
  • On 24 August, the Larg Hill Trail, the Skills Area and the Twister Trail are closed for the 10 at Kirroughtree race. Walking trails are unaffected. Trails close at 6pm on 23 August.
  • Galloway Forest Park’s gateway centre

    Whatever the season, there's always something to see and do at Kirroughtree. Even at night, when the stars put on a show!

    Relax in the visitor centre, enjoy the view and fuel up for the trails. Wander to the Wild Watch Hide to spot red squirrels and birds, or meander to Bruntis Loch. There's adventure play, mountain bike trails and quiet forest roads for gentle family cycles.

    Guide map to Galloway Forest Park (PDF 4.6MB)

    Visit Scotland four star award      Green Tourism award silver

    Walking trails

    Walking

    Wild Watch Trail

    A trail notice is in effect

    Our staff are strimming the edges of the trails over the next few weeks. Please watch out for them on the paths as you go.

    A short path to the Wild Watch Hide, where squirrels and woodland birds visit the feeders. Continue further along the path to find Kirroughtree’s second play park.

    A firm and generally flat path, with some short gentle gradients. No obstacles. Good in all weathers.

    Easy (all abilities)
    ¼ miles / 0.5 km

    Allow
    30 mins

    Walking

    Anniversary Cairn Trail (diverted)

    A trail notice is in effect

    Access to this trail will be limited, with half the trail closed, while building works are in progress at Bruntis Dam. Please follow all signs. We apologise for the inconvenience. Reopening date to be confirmed.

    Follow this trail through mature woods to the stunning viewpoint at the Galloway Forest Park 50th Anniversary Cairn, then back past the tranquil Bruntis Loch.

    Firm gravel paths with some wide forest roads. Generally moderate gradients. Includes a bridge. Shares some sections with mountain bike trails – look out for bikers.

    Moderate
    1 ½ miles / 2.5 km

    Allow
    1 hour

    Walking

    Little Bruntis Trail (diverted)

    A trail notice is in effect

    Access to this trail will be limited, with a diversion at Bruntis Loch, while building works are in progress at Bruntis Dam. Please follow all signs. We apologise for the inconvenience. Reopening date to be confirmed.

    This path visits both the Big and Little Bruntis Lochs, before heading through mixed woodland with beautiful big beech trees. Keep your eyes open for the workings of the historic tin mines, as well as roe deer and red squirrels.

    A firm gravel path. Fairly steep gradients. Includes a short section (100m) on quiet public road.

    Moderate
    2 ½ miles / 4.0 km

    Allow
    1½ hours

    Walking

    Larg Hill Trail (diverted)

    A trail notice is in effect

    Access to this trail will be limited, with a diversion at Bruntis Loch, while building works are in progress at Bruntis Dam. Please follow all signs. We apologise for the inconvenience. Reopening date to be confirmed.

    A scenic circuit around wooded Larg Hill rewards you with great views over Newton Stewart, a visit to lovely Bruntis Loch and follows the course of a tumbling burn.

    Firm gravel paths and forest roads, with some sections muddy after rain. Long fairly steep gradients. Includes short section of quiet public road. Shares some sections with mountain bike trails.

    Strenuous
    4 ¼ miles / 7.0 km

    Allow
    3 hours

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     In spring watch out for great spotted woodpeckers nesting close to the roadside – look for tell-tale round holes in dead treetrunks where they nest and bring up their young. Listen for the adults drumming (rapid pecking) in the trees – this is the woodpecker’s way of advertising for a mate and marking its territory.

    Mountain biking trails

    Mountain Biking

    Kirroughtree Skills Area

    A trail notice is in effect

    On 24 August, the Skills Area is closed for the 10 at Kirroughtree race. Closing at 6pm on 23 August.

    This small set of trails is an ideal warm up for your ride or, if you are new to mountain biking, they’ll give you a taste of the type of trail features you'll find at Kirroughtree.

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    You’ll find a lot packed into this small section of trails, where you can practise for the more difficult obstacles you might meet on our longer routes. It’s the best place to perfect your technique before you get down to serious business.

    Mountain Biking

    Bargaly Wood

    Take an easy ride through the scenic Bargaly Glen.

    3 ¾ miles / 6.0 km

    Green: Easy

    More information

    The perfect route for first timers or children. Enjoy a relaxing ride through the mixed woodland of Bargaly Glen along farm tracks and quiet public roads.

    Mountain Biking

    Larg Hill

    A trail notice is in effect

    On 24 August, the Larg Hill Trail is closed for the 10 at Kirroughtree race. Closing at 6pm on 23 August.

    Great if you are looking for something with a bit of added excitement. Offers some beautiful views and the option of the Doon Hill extension.

    6 ¼ miles / 10.0 km

    Blue: Moderate

    More information

    Ideal for beginners or kids who are confident on their bikes, this winding route is mainly singletrack with a couple of small rock drops thrown in for good measure.

    Mountain Biking

    The Twister

    A trail notice is in effect

    On 24 August, the Twister Trail is closed for the 10 at Kirroughtree race. Trail closing at 6pm on 23 August.

    A technically testing and physically demanding trail.

    10 ½ miles / 17.0 km

    Red: Difficult

    Mountain Biking

    Black Craigs

    Black Craigs combines fast flowing singletrack and rocky technical features to test your skills. A highlight is McMoab, with its huge slabs and ridges of exposed granite linked by boulder causeways.

    8 ¾ miles / 14.0 km

    Black: Severe

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    From the fast flowing single track to the testing rocky technical challenges, on the Black Craigs you’ll find plenty of exposed granite and features to get your adrenaline pumping.

    To reach the start of Black Craigs, follow the red-graded Twister trail to its half-way point.

    Activities

    World class mountain biking

    Kirroughtree is one of the world class 7stanes mountain bike venues. It features a superb variety of green, blue and red graded trails, an extreme downhill section for the serious experts, and a skills area for honing your technique.

    Kirroughtree 7stanes mountain biking trail map (PDF 1.1MB)

    Wild Watch

    Kirroughtree is brimming with wildlife. Explore the visitor centre to discover what lives in the trees, waterways, open hills - and even high in the trees! It’s a short distance from the centre to the Wild Watch Hide, where you might catch red squirrels and woodland birds feeding. You might even spot roe deer.

    Fun for the whole family

    The play park at Kirroughtree is a great place for the kids to burn off some energy, and there are several trails suitable for little legs and pushchairs. You could also try out our orienteering trail – work as a team or compete against each other.

    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. Kirroughtree is a brilliant place to enjoy the night sky – look out for information panels at the visitor centre which will help you spot the stars.

    Fishing in the Forest Park

    There’s great fishing in the Forest Park, including brown trout and pike. You can buy a permit at any of the visitor centres for Loch Braden, Loch Dee, Black Loch, Spectacle Loch, or Garwachie.

    Long distance cycle route

    National Cycle Route 7 (Glasgow to Carlisle via Dumfries and Glen Trool) also winds through the Forest Park, linking Kirroughtree with the other 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 & access

    Toilets
    Toilets
    Parking (charge)
    Parking (charge)
    Easy-access facilities
    Easy-access facilities
    Cafe or refreshments
    Cafe or refreshments
    Visitor centre
    Visitor centre
    Shop
    Shop
    Play area
    Play area
    Bike hire
    Bike hire
    Changing places
    Changing places
    Picnic area
    Picnic area
    Tourist information
    Tourist information

    Opening hours

    Open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm.

    The Break Pad bike shop is open seven days a week, from 10am  - 5pm.

    Car parking charges

    • £1 for up to 1 hour
    • £2 for up to 3 hours
    • £3 for full day
    • £12 for minibus and coach all day
    • £12 for fortnightly pass

    Annual parking permits are also available. Contact us for more information.

    Bike hire and repairs

    Bikes can be hired from the The Break Pad bike shop. You can book your bike online before you visit. The shop also offers repairs, safety checks and friendly advice.

    Dogs

    Dogs are welcome in the visitor centre and café.

    Getting here

    Kirroughtree Visitor Centre is well signposted from the A75 at Palnure, about 1.5 miles east of Newton Stewart.

    Using SatNav?

    DG8 7BE is the nearest postcode. Despite what your satnav may suggest, we strongly recommend you stay on the A75 until Palnure and turn off to the visitor centre there.

    Public transport

    There are regular buses between Dumfries and Stranraer, via Newton Stewart and Gatehouse of Fleet. Get off at Palnure and follow the signs to the visitor centre – it's about 1 mile (2 km) away on foot. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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