Red Deer Range
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Latest forest information
All deer tours are cancelled until further notice. The viewing hide is closed, though the deer can still be observed from the outdoor viewing area.
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 25 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.
You can watch the deer from the viewing area and hide at Red Deer Range every day, all year round. Entry is free!
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.
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.
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All tours are cancelled until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Facilities & access
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.
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.
DG8 7BL is the nearest postcode.
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