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Screel (closed)

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Latest forest information

Screel car park and hill path are closed due to storm damage.

There are significant numbers of trees down in this forest and it is not safe to enter.


Solway views

Screel Hill may rise only to a modest 344m but this rocky eminence provides a rough and rewarding walk. The stunning views over the Rough Firth and Auchencairn Bay are well worth the hard graft to get up. On a clear day you may be able to pick out some of the Lake District fells across the water.


Walking is the main activity at Screel, and the route up to the summit at 344m can be challenging. The route is maintained by Dumfries & Galloway Council and route information can be found online.


Facilities and access

There are no formal facilities at Screel though you'll find supermarkets, fuel, toilets and accomodation at nearby Castle Douglas.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park at this woodland. Please park with care and consideration, and do not block pedestrian and vehicles access points.

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Getting here

Screel can be reached by following the A711 south west from Dumfries. alternatively, follow the B736 south east from Castle Douglas or approach from the coast heading east along the A711.

Using Satnav

The nearest postcode is DG7 1QJ

Get in touch

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0300 067 6900 (option 2)
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