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“An Excellent Drive”

The Raiders Road Forest Drive
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Owner description: This 10-mile road winds along the Black Water of Dee and through the forest.
Reviewed 15 August 2014

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.

Thank Dawnp42
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Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

I absolutely love this place. Its my happy place haha.

Myself and my girlfriend go every year and the last 2 years my Inlaws, my Mum, Brother, Nan, Grandad and Cousins have come with us and it is now definately an annual trip.

I want to say dont go but only to keep it just for myself lol.

You will love it.

3  Thank das90
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

This is a beautiful drive through the Laurieston Forest in Galloway from Clatteringshaws to Bennan near Laurieston. It is single track with passing places so take your time and look out for timber lorries and walkers. You will be rewarded with a feel of retracing the steps of the drovers and with sites like The Otter Pool on the Black Water of Dee. This is a beautiful spot for a wander and to enjoy the meandering river and the gorgeous rock pools.

3  Thank I H
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

We travelled along the Raider's Road on Friday on the way to the Kite Feeding Station at Lauriston. We had already found a few places called Otters Pool during our rain drenched holiday, but all had disappointed, and we hadn't seen any otters :-( We weren't worried though as we had both had a great break from our busy lives. Helen drove her Polo down the Drive, and we took it easy as it was quite bumpy. That said, some quite new expensive estates and salons were also on the Drive and they were doing just as well as us. When we pulled into Otters' Pool, we were really pleased. The loos were clean and tidy, although there were no lights we could find. The site itself was very clean, and although there were another 8 or so couples there, the site is large enough that it wasn't in anyway cramped. We didn't see any otters, but we loved it enough to want to buy a small jeep so we can do it all again, no matter how bad the weather.

Thank Deana G
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

A lovely drive through the forest.
We stopped several times and especially at the Otter Pool.
Took us about an hour and the roadway is good - even for cars.

Thank Ellie053
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