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Some visitor centres are open – check individual web pages for more information. Our trails, toilets and car parks remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.


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COVID-19 update

Some FLS visitor centres are offering a reduced service, with walking and mountain bike trails remaining open, as are most toilets and car parks. Please check below for local updates on any closures.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

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.

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¾ miles / 1.1 km

½ hour

More information

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

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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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