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.
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.
Allow ½ hour
You’ll find public toilets and places to eat in Newton Stewart.
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.
Nearest postcodes: DG8 6RH
Buses between Newton Stewart and Girvan pass the entrance to the forest. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
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