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COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland

FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.

Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.

All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.

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Galloway Forest Park is the largest Forest Park in Britain, with over 300 square miles of outstanding natural beauty. Luckily, there’s also an amazing selection of trails ranging from gentle strolls to serious mountain adventures, all helping you enjoy the best of the Forest Park at any time of year.

For gentle loch and burnside ambles, head for our three friendly visitor centres. It’s just a short hop to the Red Squirrel hide from Kirroughtree and an easy stroll beside the loch to one of the two Bruce’s Stones in the Forest Park from Clatteringshaws.

There’s a host of wonderful things to see along our trails. Take a quick climb up to the other Bruce’s Stone for a stunning panorama over sparkling Loch Trool or choose a steeper scramble up to Murray’s Monument beside the Queen’s Way for wonderful forest and hill views and the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall.

There’s history in these hills as well, from the ruined farming settlement at Polmaddy to an ancient burial cairn behind Glentrool village. Keep an eye out for artworks amongst the trees too, including a lofty red sandstone spire near Talnotry and an earthwork labyrinth beside the Raiders’ Road Forest Drive.

For the more adventurous and well-prepared there are also some unforgettable hill routes, from Cornish Hill in the north of the Forest Park to the mighty Merrick above Glentrool, the highest summit in the Southern Uplands.

For more information see our Galloway Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 4.6MB).

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