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Kilsture Forest

Where we are

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

The largest patch of woodland in The Machars

There’s a lovely atmosphere all year round in this mixed forest. It’s the largest patch of woodland in the open countryside of The Machars, and a great shelter for roe deer and red squirrels. It looks especially pretty in May, when bluebells carpet the ground.

Walking trails (2)

Walking

Woodpecker Trail

A short loop through charming deciduous woodland, which has a carpet of bluebells in the spring. Listen out for woodpeckers and red squirrels among the trees. 

Firm gravel and earth surface, with some uneven and potentially muddy sections. Includes some short fairly steep slopes.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ¼ miles / 2.0 km

Allow
¾ hours

Walking

Red Deer Trail

Head deeper into the wood to find the shy red deer and bright wood anemones among the oak, beech and ash trees.

Mostly firm gravel and earth surface, with some uneven rocky sections. Short fairly steep slopes. Includes some muddy sections and low branches.

Moderate trail grade icon
3 ¼ miles / 5.2 km

Allow
2 hours

More information

You’ll catch views out across the neighbouring farmland along this trail. Sometimes you’ll hear geese calling from the nearby estuary. Visit in early evening and you may well see bats hunting for food.

Activities

The Red Deer Trail is popular with local horse riders: it’s mainly level, and just the right length for a short ride.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

You’ll find toilets and places to eat in Wigtown.

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

From Wigtown, follow signs for Whithorn along the A714 and A746. About 3 ½ miles (5.6 km) south of Wigtown, take the B7004, signposted for Garlieston. Kilsture Car Park is about ½ mile (800 metres) along this road, on the right hand side. The car park is at grid reference NX 436 501.

Using SatNav?

DG8 9DD is the nearest postcode, a little further south along the B7004.

Public transport

Buses between Wigtown and Whithorn pass the junction with the B7004. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

Get directions

Nearby forests

Green leaves on tree

Follow the Balloch Burn up the hillside above Creetown

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Distance from 'Kilsture Forest': 6.05 miles
A foot path through Cally Woods, Galloway with trees to either side.

Tranquil woodland on the edge of Gatehouse of Fleet

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Horse riding
Horse riding
Distance from 'Kilsture Forest': 7.58 miles
Stars in night sky over forest

Galloway Forest Park’s gateway centre

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Mountain biking
Mountain biking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
All ability trails
All ability trails
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Visitor centre
Visitor centre
Shop
Shop
Play area
Play area
Bike hire
Bike hire
Changing places
Changing places
Shower
Shower
Picnic area
Picnic area
Tourist information
Tourist information
Campervan parking
Campervan parking
Distance from 'Kilsture Forest': 9.04 miles

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Phone
0300 067 6900 (option 2)
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