Galloway Forest Park - Kirroughtree Visitor Centre - Bike and Outdoor Shop

Forest Drive, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway DG8 7BE

0300 067 6800

galloway@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/galloway-forest-park/kirroughtree-visitor-centre

Guide Last Updated: 10/03/2017

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  • There's always something different to see and do here at Kirroughtree, whatever the time of year. The visitor centre is a great place to kick back and enjoy the view, browse the displays or fuel up for the trails, and there's lots of information about what to see and do.

  • If you fancy a gentle stroll, wander to the Wild Watch Hide and spot red squirrels and woodland birds, or meander to picturesque Bruntis Loch for a picnic. Burn off some steam in the adventure play park or try the orienteering course, check out the single track on your mountain bike or enjoy a gentle family cycle on the forest roads. This is also a great place to be after dark, when the stars put on a spectacular show!

  • For more information about Kirroughtree including parking charges, openings time and other trails please click here (opens in new tab).

  • Kirroughtree Visitor Centre is just off the A75 at Palnure, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Newton Stewart. Turn off the A75 at Palnure, following the signs to Kirroughtree Visitor Centre. Keep following the signs for about 1½ miles (3 km), until you reach the car park. The car park is at grid reference NX 452 646. DG8 7BE is the nearest postcode. Please note despite what your satnav may suggest, we strongly recommend you stay on the A75 until Palnure and turn off to the visitor centre there.

  • There is not a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue.

  • There are regular buses between Dumfries and Stranraer, via Newton Stewart and Gatehouse of Fleet. Get off at Palnure and follow the signs to the visitor centre – it's about 1 mile (2 km) away on foot.

  • The nearest Railway Station is Dumfries.

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.

  • Staff receive disability awareness/equality training.

  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.

  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.

  • There are mobility aids available.

  • The mobility aids available include wheelchairs.

  • Forestry Commission leaflets, maps and publications can be provided in alternative format, for example, in large print or in another language. For more information please contact: The Diversity Team via telephone: 0300 067 5000 or e-mail: diversity@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

  • The venue does have its own parking facilities.

  • The car park is located next to the visitor centre.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

  • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.

  • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are signposted but have no markings.

  • There is/are 10 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 360cm x 600cm (11ft 10in x 19ft 8in).

  • There is not a 120cm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).

  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.

  • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.

  • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.

  • There are parking charges for the car park.

  • Parking is not free for visitors of the venue.

  • Payment signs are provided.

  • Payment signs are clearly presented.

  • Payment signs are located at the payment machines in the car park.

  • Payment term signs do make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • Payment machines are located throughout the car park.

  • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.

  • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).

  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.

  • Assistance may be required because there is/are slopes/ramps.

  • The entrance is clearly visible from the car park.

  • The surface on the approach to the entrance is concrete tiles and tarmac and block paving.

  • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.

  • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).

  • The majority of the car park has a loose chipping surface with wire mesh.

  • The designated Blue Badge parking bays have a concrete tile surface around the edge.

  • The surface of the approach is stone/concrete tiles.

  • There is step free access on the approach.

  • There is a ramp/slope on the approach.

  • The gradient of the slope is very easy.

  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

  • There is a/are step(s) on the approach.

  • There is/are 3 unmarked step(s), with no handrails.

  • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.

  • The height of the step(s) is/are 15cm.

  • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.

  • The step(s) has/have tactile paving at the top and bottom.

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the visitor centre.

  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.

  • There is step free access at this entrance.

  • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.

  • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.

  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).

  • The door(s) is/are double width.

  • The door(s) is/are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 150cm.

  • There is step free throughout the bike shop.

  • The counter is located ahead as you enter.

  • The counter is medium height.

  • There is a lowered section. The lowered section has a clear knee recess.

  • There is no hearing assistance system located at the counter.

  • There is clear manoeuvring space between the aisles.

  • The is a standard fitting room located at the rear of the shop.

  • The surface of the floor is vinyl.

  • The lighting levels are good.

  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located to the right of the visitor centre or within the visitor centre.

  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located to the right of the visitor centre or within the visitor centre.