Galloway Forest Park

Galloway Forest Park: Hours, Address, Galloway Forest Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Galloway Forest Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Galloway Forest Park is the UK's largest at over 97,000 hectares. it is only part of the wider Galloway forest area managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland at 116,000 hectares. it is a working living environment producing 650,000 tons of timber every year to make houses, pallets, paper and chip boards. The forest park is also host the UK's first Dark Sky Park. An area where the night time environment is protected for all living things and where you can see the universe open up in front of your very eyes - weather permitting! There is a superb red deer attraction that allows you to get up close to UK's largest mammal. Tours are available in peak season. The famous 7stanse mountain bike trails are also available along with many wonderful walking trails. its an outdoor extravaganza where you will often see nothing but nature and met nothing other than wildlife and fresh air. Three visitor centres are there to service your food, drink and information needs with friendly staff and likeminded visitors.
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Chris&Janey
Yoxall, UK578 contributions
Beautiful dark sky park and a real gem
Aug 2021 • Couples
Lots of walks through different terrains. Beautiful scenery and woodlands , small lochs and plentiful wildlife. Of course if you are there at night you may get chance to see the wonderful stars. Popular place for cyclists but plenty of space for walkers.
Written 10 September 2021
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel32,794 contributions
A beautiful park.
Jul 2021
This is a beautiful park with several peaks, lakes and walks.
It's crucial to visit on a dry day, as the rain would block more of the views and make the walks dangerously slippery.
Written 3 September 2021
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John W
Bacup, UK78 contributions
Wood of Cree
Aug 2021 • Family
Walked through the area of Wood of Cree, which is a RSPB conversation area. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on the lead if disobedient. A clear and straightforward route with no real surprises. Only saw a few bird, however I think my two year old may have scared them off. For this reason, to the bird watcher we passed on the way back, again, sorry.
Written 7 August 2021
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Tris1976
Birmingham, UK235 contributions
Whether you like walking, cycling or general exploring, you'll love the Galloway Forest Park.
Aug 2021 • Family
We had a great time at the Galloway Forest Park. It is so vast and there is so much to do there. Me and my family walked up to Bruce's Stone (two of us Nordic walking). The stone was interesting to read up on and there were great views of the loch below. We also walked through the forest to the loch's edge which was also invigorating and picturesque, offering plenty of photographic opportunities. The trails looked good for cycling (we didn't have our bikes with us but plenty of people did). We spent the day there and only really touched the surface. You could easily stay nearby and explore something different each day for a week. We stopped off at the goat reserve and the red deer refuge - both which were great for our daughters and us. Whether you like hiking, cycling, generally exploring or seeing animals up close, you'll have a great time here.
Written 5 August 2021
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DJM1945
Montrose, UK1,785 contributions
Excellent walks
Oct 2020
We had lovely walks in thee park and some were quite strenuous. The car park at Talnotry is quite small but from there we had a strenuous climb up to Murray's Monument and on our way back down we followed the red marker paths on a circular forest walk back to the car. From there we had a short walk to the Grey Mare's Tail, a small waterfall.
Written 11 October 2020
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Lorne B
Ayrshire, UK139 contributions
Reconnect with nature
Sep 2020
Wild flowers, trees, butterflies, brambles, water and hills. Took the circular route round Loch Trool and finished at Bruce’s Stone to enjoy the view. Lovely!
Written 26 September 2020
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KScow
16 contributions
Wonderful Woodland Walks
Sep 2020 • Couples
From the visitor centre to the varied walks the whole experience was a safe and wonderful one to spend a sunny day in September. There is a small charge for parking and cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. Would highly recommend a visit to this area and the red deer park.
Written 23 September 2020
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LizH-D
Manchester, UK93 contributions
Family day out
Sep 2020
Lovely day out fun for all the family. walks to suit your ability and activities to do.

Bike hire and different abilities catered for .

Various car parks and activity centres so check where you want to go and what you want to do.
Written 23 September 2020
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Keith S
Dereham, UK466 contributions
Stunning Scenery
Sep 2020 • Couples
Found the park by accident but so glad that we did. We took the Yellow circular route - just short of 5 miles. Lovely walk through stunning scenery. Waterfalls along the way and lovely views across the valley. Small visitor centre serving takeaway refreshments (due to Covid restrictions). Car parking at £2.00 for three hours. A must do experience.
Written 9 September 2020
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GraemeT87
Bridgnorth, UK109 contributions
Beautiful but with forest drives closed without warning
Aug 2020
I will always rave about the scenery and views you can experience around Galloway Forest Park and it took me back to my childhood when I would fish on a loch with my dad. This time I had planned a family trip with my 2 year old and dog.

I spent ages planning a driving route that would allow plenty of breaks and walks with the family. But, Raiders Road was shut in the south and then when we drove the long way around, so was Carrick Forest Drive. From speaking with people in the cafe at Carrick it had been closed due to campers making a mess of the road which is a massive shame. It would be nice to have this on the website ahead of making our journey though because it cost us a lot of time enjoying the park.

Hopefully, more luck next time we are up. Please visit and take it all in.
Written 9 September 2020
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