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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.


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Polmaddy 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.

Explore the 200 year old ruins of a traditional Galloway farming village

This large conifer woodland is dotted with historic remains that make up a fascinating picture of Galloway's past. Visit Polmaddy settlement to find the ruins of a traditional farming village tucked in a loop of the lovely Polmaddy Burn. The burn winds its lazy way through the woodland, which opens out to give wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

Walking trails


Polmaddy Settlement Trail

Explore the atmospheric ruins of a traditional Galloway farming village abandoned over 200 years ago. It is a beautiful setting in the lee of the Rhinns of Kells.

Uneven grassy surface with significant muddy sections. Includes short fairly steep slopes and one narrow bridge.

¾ miles / 1.1 km

½ hour

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This trail winds among the ruins of the historic village, which stands in a picturesque loop of the Polmaddy Burn. Look out for the village inn, water mill, millpond and corn kilns beside the old pack road and pilgrimage route that led from Strathclyde to Whithorn. There are interpretation panels on site to tell you more about the settlement’s fascinating history, and you can download this leaflet to help you explore.

The mill has royal connections – the Scottish King, Robert the Bruce, found refuge in the village shortly before his first victory against the English at Glentrool in 1307. In gratitude, Bruce later rewarded the miller and his wife with the freehold of the mill!

Facilities & access


The nearest public toilets, cafés and shops are at Carsphairn or St John’s Town of Dalry.

Getting here

Polmaddy lies on the west side of the A713, half way between St John's Town of Dalry and Carsphairn.

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DG7 3SY is the nearest postcode.

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