Galloway Forest Park - Glentrool Visitor Centre - Goldcrest Trail

Glentrool Forest near Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, Dumfries & Galloway DG8 6SZ

0300 067 6800

galloway@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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

Guide Last Updated: 13/03/2017

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  • This is a tranquil spot at the heart of the forest. Unwind in the café and watch woodland birds busy on the feeders or discover the lively waters that meet at stunning Loch Trool on scenic trails beneath the mighty Merrick. This area's history is also written into the landscape – look out for Bruce's Stone nearby, overlooking the Battle of Glentrool in 1307, and a moving monument to 17th century covenanters, slain for their religious beliefs.

  • Glentrool is also one of the world-famous 7stanes mountain bike trail centres, with a range of trails for novice and experienced riders.

  • For more information about Glentrool including parking charges, opening times and other trails please click here (opens in new tab).

  • Can you spot tiny goldcrests on this circular trail through tranquil conifer woodland?

  • Stretch your legs on this short loop and look for tiny goldcrests flitting among the conifers.

  • As you go, listen out for the high, piping call of tiny goldcrests as they flit through the conifer canopy. These busy insect-eaters are the smallest birds in the UK.

  • The Goldcrest Trail is a loop starting and finishing in the car park.

  • The trail is approximately 2.0km.

  • The nearest parking to the trail is next to the visitor centre

  • The path has a compact loose chipping surface.

  • Some paths may be covered by ice or snow during the winter months.

  • There are wooden waymarker posts located along the route.

  • The Goldcrest Trail is the red strip on the posts.

  • There are toilets available in the visitor centre.

  • Glentrool village is off the A714, about 8 miles (13 km) north of Newton Stewart. Turn off the A714 at Bargrennan, following signposts to Galloway Forest Park. Turn right just after Glentrool village, following signposts to Glentrool Visitor Centre. The car park is at grid reference NX 372 786. DG8 6SZ is the nearest postcode.

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

  • There are regular buses between Newton Stewart and Ayr, which stop at Glentrool village. The visitor centre is about ½ mile (1 km) from the village.

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

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness/equality training.

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

  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.

  • 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 ahead after you cross Stroan Bridge.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

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

  • The car park does not have a barrier control system.

  • The car park surface is loose chippings.

  • There is not a/are not Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.

  • 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 throughout 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).

  • There is a/are clearly marked drop-off point(s).

  • The drop-off points(s) is/are located outside the venue.

  • The route from the drop-off point(s) to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.

  • To use the drop off area outside the venue, contact the visitor centre in advance.

  • The Goldcrest Trail is a circular loop.

  • The trail starts and finishes in the main car park.

  • The surface of the trail varies from tarmac at the start, to compact loose chippings as you go along the trail.

  • At points along the trail grass has grown over some areas of the path.

  • There are slight slopes in places along the paths. Towards the end of the loop there are more steep slopes.

  • At points along the trail, the trail crosses forests roads.

  • Caution is advised due to oncoming traffic.

  • There are waymarker posts located at regular intervals along the route.

  • There is no seating located along the route.

  • The trail is part of a mountain bike trail, so there may be mountain bikers using the trail.