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Glenkinnon

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COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

About

A riverside trail through protected, ancient woodland

Glenkinnon Burn runs along the western edge of Yair Forest. The beautiful woodland above it is protected as a site of special scientific interest because of its communities of trees and other plants. The short biodiversity trail here will introduce you to the charms of this riverside forest.

Glenkinnon route card (PDF)

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Glenkinnon Biodiversity Trail

Starting by the 500-year old Glenkinnon Oak, explore an ancient woodland of ash, alder and oak.

Largely uneven earthy and grassy surface. Narrow paths with tree roots, muddy patches and a number of bridges. Some steep slopes on uneven ground.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 miles / 1.6 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

Learn more about trees, woodland and the importance of biodiversity along the way. In summer you might spot flowers like yellow pimpernel and meadowsweet.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

The nearest public toilets are in Selkirk or Galashiels.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

The car park is on the south side of the A707 just west of Caddonfoot. Follow the sign for 'Glenkinnon' - the forest is ¼ mile from the main road.

Using SatNav?

TD1 3LH is the nearest postcode.

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Phone
0300 067 6900 (option 1)
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