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
Visitor Centres Development Project
Throughout 2013, our Visitor Centres will all be upgraded as part of a re-development project to further enhance the Galloway Forest Park experience. Keep up to date with how the project is progressing via the Galloway Visitor Centres Development Project page.
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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.
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.
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
What's on in Galloway Forest Park
- Roving Ranger 2013 Thursday 30 May 2013
- Nightjars at Night Time Wednesday 19 June 2013
Wednesday 26 June 2013
- Dragonflies at Knockman Wood Friday 28 June 2013
- Woodland Wednesday's Wednesday 3 July 2013
Wednesday 10 July 2013
Wednesday 17 July 2013
Wednesday 24 July 2013
Wednesday 31 July 2013
Wednesday 7 August 2013
Wednesday 14 August 2013
- Fishing Day Friday 5 July 2013
Sunday 28 July 2013
Saturday 17 August 2013
Saturday 31 August 2013
Sunday 8 September 2013
Sunday 22 September 2013
- Butterflies and Moths at Knockman Friday 26 July 2013
Galloway Forest District