About Galloway Forest Park
Welcome to the Galloway Forest Park, 300 square miles of mixed landscape - yours to explore!
- Our Visitor Centres at Kirroughtree, Glentrool and Clatteringshaws are ideal places to start your visit.
- Check before you go - for details of trail closures, diversions and changes to listed events see the updates page.
- Visit our new Events Page detailing all events taking place in Galloway Forest Park throughout 2013
Read the latest edition of The Galloway Ranger.
Weather warning. Due to the extreme winds currently in Galloway we are advising that all visitors think twice before entering our forests. Due to the recent larch felling and the earlier blown trees it very likely that more trees will come down on popular trails. The conditions are likely to last through to the end of Thursday 13th February and will then take time to be checked by forest rangers.
The new cafe at Kirroughtree is now open. Drop in during the winter for a fabulous hearty hot meal and warm up by the log burning fire.
Local company Cream o' Galloway are providing quality food and refreshments at the new Kirroughtree Visitor Centre. Cream o' Galloway are holders of the prestigious Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award.
Winter opening hours:
Saturday 7th + Sunday 8th 10:00 – 16:00
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th 10:00 – 16:00
Saturday 21st – Monday 23rd 10:00 – 16:00
Thursday 26th – Monday 30th 10:00 – 16:00
Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th 10:00 – 16:00
Friday 10th – Sunday 12th 10:00 – 16:00
Friday 17th – Sunday 19th 10:00 – 16:00
Friday 24thth – Sunday 26th 10:00 – 16:00
Friday 31st 10:00 – 16:00
Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd 10:00 – 16:00
Friday 7th – Sunday 23rd 10:00 – 16:00
Friday 28th 10:00 – 16:00
Open daily 10:00 – 16:00
The cafe at Glentrool
Due to reopen on the 21st March, 10am - 4pm daily.
The cafe at Clatteringshaws
Due to reopen on the 21st March, 10am - 4pm daily.
Blog and podcasts
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Enjoy a peaceful stroll on one of our woodland trails, or if you fancy something a little more strenuous, head out to the hills and climb the Merrick, south Scotland’s highest peak.
Details of all of our Forest Park walks are in our out and about guide (PDF 5Mb). With 27 waymarked trails to choose from, there is something for every walker.
Galloway has some of Scotland’s most amazing wildlife - but without the long drive north! Red Squirrels, Otter, Pine Marten, Black Grouse, Golden Eagles, Red Deer and even Nightjar. For more details see our wildlife page.
Galloway Forest Park has some of the best dark skies in Europe - ideal for star gazing. There's more information and details of our aim of becoming a Dark Skies park on the Dark skies page.
There are some fantastic lochs and rivers here, all in beautiful surroundings, featuring a variety of fish from Brown Trout to Salmon.
With permits from £6.00 it’s a great way to spend the day.
Wild camping in the Forest Park is permitted as long as it is done responsibly and in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Some seriously amazing mountain bike trails are here in Dumfries and Galloway. From beginner to adrenaline seeker, there is something for everyone. See the 7stanes website for more information.
Rosnes Bench is an art project featured in locations across Galloway.
Jobs and opportunities
We agree, the Galloway Forest Park is a great place to work. For details of all the Forestry Commission's available jobs see the current vacancies page.
Over the next 2-3 years Forestry Commission Scotland is undertaking a programm of felling Larch trees in order to combat the disease phytophthora ramorum.
Unfortunately this means that there will be ongoing disruptions for visitors and trail users and there will be times when certain routes and car park will be closed. There will be diversions in place, which might change from day to day, so people need to take extra care, especially local residents who visit the forest on a daily basis.
Phytophthora ramorum, which kills larch trees, was first found in Dumfries and Galloway in 2010 but is now widespread in the region. For more information Please see our press release and P.Ramorum pages,
Have we missed anything? Please let us know if there's something you can't find. Email: email@example.com.
How to get there:
Newton Stewart, New Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet, and and Dalmellington and Castle Douglas are the nearest towns or villages.
From the South - M6 to Carlisle, A75 to Newton Stewart signposted to Stranraer.
From Glasgow - A77 to Girvan, A714 to Newton Stewart or A77 to Ayr, A713 to New Galloway.
From Edinburgh - A702 to Abington services, M74 to Beattock. A701 to Dumfries. A75 to Newton Stewart.
OS Grid Reference: NX428855
For details of public transport visit http://www.travelinescotland.com
Start your visit from:Wild Goat Park
Red Deer Range
Laurieston - Kennick Burn
Glentrool Visitor Centre
Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre
High Camer wood
Galloway Forest Drives
Carrick - Loch Doon
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre
Kirroughtree Christmas Tree Sales Centre
What's on in Galloway Forest Park
- Forest Park Festival Friday 11 April 2014 to Monday 14 April 2014
- Easter at Kirroughtree 2014 Sunday 20 April 2014
Galloway Forest District