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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.


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Talnotry Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

Visit a famous waterfall and the striking Murray’s Monument

Discover more about Alexander Murray, one of this area's most famous sons, by climbing to his monument at Talnotry.

Take the Talnotry Trail to reach the monument and find atmospheric sculptures amongst the drystane sheep pens, or simply stroll along to a viewpoint overlooking the impressive Grey Mare's Tail waterfall.

Walking trails


Talnotry Trail

A beautiful exploration of Grey Mare’s Tail Burn and the striking Murray’s Monument on Big Doon. There is a wonderful view from the top.

Narrow and uneven grassy paths with rough, muddy and rocky sections. Includes some long steep slopes.

1 ¾ miles / 2.9 km

1 hour

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The trail also takes in the lovely Grey Mare's Tail waterfall and the atmospheric artwork, The Quorum, by Matt Baker – can you spot the silent stone faces staring out from the old sheep pens? You can start this trail from either the Grey Mare's Tail car park or the Talnotry car park.



Galloway 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 Talnotry car park.

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

You'll find parking, 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

Talnotry is on the north side of the A712 (also known as The Queen's Way) between Newton Stewart and New Galloway. Park at the Grey Mare's Tail car park for the Talnotry Trail and waterfall. Alternatively, you can join the Talnotry Trail from the Talnotry car park a few hundred metres west.

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DG8 7BL is the nearest postcode.

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