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Polmaddy

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Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.

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Car Park & Trail Closed

The car park and Polmaddy Settlement Trail are currently closed whilst our staff assess and clear the damage caused by the recent adverse weather conditions.

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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

Walking

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.

Strenuous trail grade icon
¾ miles / 1.1 km

Allow
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 and access

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Parking

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

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

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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Nearby forests

Two women and a dog walking on an off road path away from a single storey white building passed a picnic bench.

Watch for wildlife or gaze at the stars

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Visitor centre
Visitor centre
Tourist information
Tourist information
Distance from 'Polmaddy': 7.28 miles
A road runs alongside tall conifer trees

The best of Galloway Forest Park from the comfort of your car

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Forest drive
Forest drive
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Polmaddy': 8.06 miles
Bruce's stone at Loch Trool at night

Short walk to one of Scotland's most beautiful views

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Distance from 'Polmaddy': 8.31 miles

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