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The forests of the Solway Coast cloak the coastal plains and rolling hills between the towns of Dumfries and Dalbeattie. Each forest has its own distinctive character and highlights, with woodland trails and pretty picnic spots, colourful wildlife and sweeping Solway views.

Two young children with bikes on a forest path

Opt for the adrenaline rush of the renowned mountain bike trails at Mabie and Dalbeattie, or one of their family-friendly trails for a stroll, cycle or horse-ride. Look for lizards along the old railway line at The Hills, meander through soaring trees at Doach or enjoy coastal views from the wildflower meadows at Mark Hill.

Forests to visit

Man leaning against a tree looking out over a lochDalbeattie

Enjoy scenic woodland rambles beside tranquil lochs and burns, or choose the thrill of Dalbeattie’s technical mountain bike trails.



Person dwarfed by tall conifer treesDoach Wood

Marvel at some of the tallest trees in south west Scotland and savour spectacular Solway views in this secluded wood.

Doach Wood


Sun shining through leafy branchesHeathhall Forest

Quiet woodland walks next door to Dumfries

Heathhall Forest


Man looking up into trees with binocularsThe Hills

Attractive mixed woodland that’s ideal for a gentle stroll and wildlife-spotting all year round.

The Hills


Two men sitting with dogs behind bluebellsMabie

This woodland, close to Dumfries, is perfect for play, picnics, a gentle stroll, wildlife-watching or exhilarating mountain biking.



Small rowing boat on shore in front of a forested hillMark Hill

Meander up Mark Hill through picturesque coastal woodland and wildflower meadows, which bustle with birds, butterflies and insects.

Mark Hill