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Storm Clean-up: Many of our forests, especially in the east and south of Scotland, remain closed. Please plan ahead and check online before visiting.

Raiders’ Road Forest Drive

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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.

Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

The Raiders Road Forest Drive is now closed to motor vehicles for winter. The Otter Pool toilets are also now closed. Both will re-open in spring 2022.

The Drive remains open to walkers and cyclists. However, forestry work will be taking place throughout the winter, so please adhere to all safety signage if you visit.

About

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

One of two forest drives in Galloway Forest Park, this drive is an easy way to see more of the Park's woods and wildlife without having to walk too far.

It's a 10 mile two-way forest drive, which is open to vehicles between April and October and for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders year-round. There is a small fee of £2, payable in coins.

There are various places to stop along Raiders' Road. Head for Otter Pool car park, about half way along, for the perfect riverside picnic spot with plenty of room on the grassy banks to play. Alternatively, stop at Stroan Loch for peaceful waterside views, an old viaduct and the start of the scenic but strenuous Buzzard Trail.

Guide map to Galloway Forest Park (PDF 4.6MB)

Activities

Seeing stars

Because it’s so dark, the Forest Park is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the stars – which is why it has been designated a Dark Sky Park. On a clear night the stars are so bright that you don’t need a telescope or even binoculars to enjoy them. There are information panels about stargazing at Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre.

Red Kite Trail

The Galloway Kite Trail, a scenic 24 mile (40 km) tour around Loch Ken, is an exciting way to view spectacular red kites in lovely scenery. During the summer, the trail includes the Raiders’ Road Forest Drive, so look out for red kites soaring overhead as you explore. Bennan Viewpoint car park and trails at the east end of the Forest Drive, near Mossdale, are particularly good for sightings.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Forest drive
Forest drive
Picnic area
Picnic area

Nearby Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre has a café and shop.

Car parking information

The charge to park and drive at Raiders' Road is £2 payable by coin only.

Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates. Nearby car parks with free parking can be found in our local forest list without the £ symbol. 

Annual parking passes available:

Blue badge holders park free. Please display your Blue Badge clearly.

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Getting here

You can drive Raiders' Road Forest Drive in either direction. The west entrance is on the south side of the A712 (also known as The Queen's Way) between Newton Stewart and New Galloway, near Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre. The east entrance is on the A762, just north of Mossdale village.

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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 'Raiders’ Road Forest Drive': 0.79 miles
A woman looks through a viewing window at a red deer

Get up close to some of Galloway's resident deer

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Distance from 'Raiders’ Road Forest Drive': 1.64 miles
A black goat stands in a rocky field with dry grass moorland

Have a close encounter with Galloway's wild goats

Facilities and activities
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Parking
Distance from 'Raiders’ Road Forest Drive': 2.81 miles

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