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Scenic woodland trails and world-class mountain biking

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.

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.

Find out more in our guide to the Forests of Dumfries and the Solway (PDF 6.5MB).

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


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

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Doach Wood

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


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Mark Hill

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


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The Hills

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

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