Galloway Forest Park - Kirroughtree Visitor Centre Wildlife Watch Trail

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

0300 067 6800

Guide Last Updated: 31/05/2021

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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).

  • A short path to the Wild Watch Hide, where squirrels and woodland birds visit the feeders. The Kirroughtree play park is further along.

  • The trail is approximately 0.5km.

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

  • The surface of the path varies from tarmac and compacted loose chipping.

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

  • There are wooden waymarker posts located along the route.

  • The Wildlife Watch Trail is the Grey strip on the posts.

  • There are toilets available next to the visitor centre and inside the visitor centre.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • There is a tarmac path leading down from the visitor centre to the Wildlife Watch Trail.

  • There is a very easy slope on the path.

  • The path passes the adventure play area on your right.

  • There are large waymarker posts located on your left.

  • The waymarker posts indicated which colour is for which trail.

  • At the bottom of the path is a bridge.

  • There is step free access onto the bridge.

  • After crossing the bridge turn right and follow the path.

  • There is waymarker posts after you cross the bridge.

  • After crossing the bridge from the visitor centre, follow the path to the right.

  • The surface of the path is compacted loose chippings.

  • There are benches located at regular intervals.

  • There are waymarker posts located along the paths.

  • There are slight slopes located along the path in places.

  • The trail crosses the entrance road leading to the car park. Caution is advised when crossing due to traffic coming from both directions.

  • There is a bridge located along the path.

  • There is step free access across the bridge.

  • The Wildlife Hide is located after the bridge, further along the path.

  • There is an adventure play area located along the trail.

  • The trail runs in a loop. The trail rejoins the path next to the adventure playground.

  • Follow the path back to the visitor centre.

  • The Wildlife Hide is located just off the Wildlife Watch Trail.

  • There is a concrete path leading down to the hide.

  • The width of the access point to the hide is 104cm (3ft 5in).

  • There is step free access in the hide.

  • There is bench seating next to the viewing point.

  • There are two spaces for wheelchair users either side of the bench.

  • The height of the viewing point is 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is lower level viewing point. The height of the lower level viewing point is 52cm (1ft 8in).