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Penninghame Pond

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Penninghame Pond Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

An easy walk with peaceful views over the pond

This is a great place for a breath of fresh air in lovely surroundings. There are no waymarked trails, but a good network of paths through the woodland and leading to peaceful views over the pond.

The paths are firm, wide and mainly flat, with no slopes greater than 5% (1 in 20). There’s a bridge over the pond that’s slightly narrower than the paths, with a low step.

Walking trails


Pond Path

A gentle circuit of tranquil Penninghame Pond and Castle Stewart Burn, where you can admire the myriad wildlife in solitude. 

Firm gravel surface throughout, with some loose stones and slightly uneven sections. Largely flat with some short moderate slopes. Includes two bridges. Look out for vehicles along the track.

¾ miles / 1.2 km

½ hour

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

You’ll find public toilets and places to eat in Newton Stewart.

Getting here

From Newton Stewart follow the A714 towards Glentrool. Penninghame Pond is about 3 miles (4.8 km) along this road on the left hand side. Once you have turned off the main road, follow a short stretch of forest road to reach the car park at grid reference NX 376 693.

Using SatNav?

Nearest postcodes: DG8 6RH

Public transport

Buses between Newton Stewart and Girvan pass the entrance to the forest. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

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