Monday, 20 December 2021
Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.
Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.
Car Park & Trail Closed
Due to the recent adverse weather conditions, the Kilsture car park and trails are currently closed whilst our staff assess and clear the damage caused by windblown trees.
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.
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.
Allow ¾ hours
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.
Allow 2 hours
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.
The Red Deer Trail is popular with local horse riders: it’s mainly level, and just the right length for a short ride.
You’ll find toilets and places to eat in Wigtown.
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.
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.
DG8 9DD is the nearest postcode, a little further south along the B7004.
Buses between Wigtown and Whithorn pass the junction with the B7004. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
Follow the Balloch Burn up the hillside above Creetown
Tranquil woodland on the edge of Gatehouse of Fleet