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Red Deer Range

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Get up close to some of Galloway's resident deer

The Red Deer Range was established in 1977 to give our visitors the chance to see these beautiful creatures up close in a natural environment. Around 60 red deer live here today – watch for them from the viewing area and hide. Whatever the weather, you can enjoy spotting deer and other wildlife from the shelter of the hide.

Guide map to Galloway Forest Park (PDF 4.6MB)

Activities

You can watch the deer from the viewing area and hide at Red Deer Range every day from April to October.

Learn more with our rangers

Join our rangers to learn more about these beautiful beasts! They'll be at the viewing hide at 12 noon, Monday to Thursday, until September.

Pay on the day. Cash only. Please bring exact change.

  • Family tickets (2 adults & 2 children) £20
  • Adults £8
  • Children/concession £5

Rutting Week

Each year we hold a week of drop in events during the autumn rut. Call in to the hide to meet one of our rangers, have a chat and enjoy the action. Please keep an eye here for dates and times later in the year.

Other wildlife

As you savour this wild place and watch for red deer, you're likely to spot other amazing wildlife too. Keep an eye on the skies for buzzards and other birds of prey who haunt these hills. The hide is also a great place to see a variety of moorland and woodland birds that gather at the feeding station at the hide.

Stargazing

If seeing red deer up close isn't exciting enough already, this is also a fantastic place to stargaze. 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. You can find out more online at Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park.

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking

You'll find public toilets (including accessible facilities), a café and a shop at Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre or Kirroughtree Visitor Centre at each end of the Queen's Way.

Getting here

Red Deer Range is on the north side of A712 (also known as The Queen's Way) between Newton Stewart and New Galloway.

The larger, lower car park is a short but steep walk from the viewing area and hide. The entrance to the upper car park is 250 yards west of the lower car park - This one provides direct access to the viewing area and hide. 

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DG8 7BL is the nearest postcode.

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0131 370 5900
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