We were recommended this area of the Galloway Forest Park by the staff at our hotel. It was just our cup of tea. We started out at the East entrance and gladly paid the meter for this toll road. It's a forestry road, so it is very stoney and dusty, but we took it slowly and our VW Polo managed fine.
There are several car parks to stop at as well as multiple passing places. We had to pull in quite a lot to let people pass, but we were driving at the limit of 20mph, and who would want to go any faster! It's all about taking your time and enjoying the scenery. We saw quite a bit of wildlife including; a rabbit, a red deer fawn and a young frog, and we were absolutely thrilled to see a pair of Red Kites soaring over Stroan Loch (be sure to take binoculars!).
The most popular stop is the Otters' Pool. It was a lovely spot, and has toilets (no electric lights), but it was far too busy and noisy for us so we didn't stay long.
It's definitely a great way to see the Galloway Forest if you're pushed for time or aren't up for a long hike.
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