Walking

Acres of sky, miles of rugged coastline, sandy beaches, mysterious forests, rolling hills, tranquil lochs and room to breathe... take a walk in Dumfries & Galloway.

  • Loch Ken Holiday Park

  • Galloway Kite Trail (24miles around Loch Ken)

    It is an exciting nature watching opportunity to view spectacular red kites in lovely scenery.
    http://www.gallowaykitetrail.com/
    Parton
  • Parton Viewpoint (1km walk)

    This 1km walk follows a footpath along the edge of pasture and woodland to reach an elevated viewpoint overlooking Loch Ken and the surrounding area. There is an interpretative board and a picnic table at the viewpoint, which is a great place to relax and enjoy the panoramic views.
    http://www.gallowaykitetrail.com/parton-walk-i42.html
    Parton
  • Bennan Viewpoint

    It is within the Galloway Forest Park and sits towards the Northern end of Loch Ken. It is a small hill but one which gives unsurpassed views over the loch and the surrounding countryside.
    https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/galloway/bennan-viewpoint.shtml
    Near New Galloway
  • Galloway Forest Park

    The Galloway Forest Park is a fantastic place to explore, with some of southwest Scotland's most dramatic scenery.
    http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/galloway-forest-park
  • The Southern Upland Way

    The Southern Upland Way is Britain's first official coast to coast long distance foot-path. It runs 212 miles (340 km) from Portpatrick on the south-west coast of Scotland to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard. It offers superb and varied walking country, still undiscovered by many enthusiasts. The Way provides a real challenge for the experienced walker, yet some of the shorter stretches are suitable for families and the less ambitious
    http://www.southernuplandway.gov.uk/cms/
    St Johns Town of Dalry to Sanquhar is one of many routes
  • Dundeugh Forest

    This pleasant ramble follows tracks to make a circuit around Dundeugh Forest - now an island between the Water of Ken, Kendoon Loch and Glenhoul Glen.
    https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/galloway/dundeugh.shtml
    North of Dalry, Scotland, UK
  • Castle Douglas Town Trail

    Take a walk around the fascinating historic town of Castle Douglas and see its fascinating buildings.
    https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/dumfries-and-galloway/castle-douglas
  • Carlingwark Loch Circular

    Carlingwark Loch is a very attractive sheet of water on the fringes of the town of Castle Douglas. This enjoyable walk makes a circuit around the loch and beyond using paths and minor roads.
    https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/galloway/carlingwark-loch.shtml
    By Castle Douglas, Scotland, UK
  • Threave Estate Walk

    This walk explores the countryside of the Threave Estate, owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It winds a varied route through the pleasant landscape, and visits a bird hide on Lamb Island in the middle of the River Dee. The walk can be extended - and should be - by following the Threave Castle circuit.
    https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/galloway/threave-estate.shtml
    Near Castle Douglas, Scotland, UK
  • Threave Castle Circuit

    Explore the beautiful and wildlife-rich countryside surrounding the island castle of Threave. There is a charge to visit the castle which is an optional add-on to the walk - bring binoculars for the bird hides (osprey and wildfowl).
    https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/galloway/threave-castle.shtml
    Near Castle Douglas, Scotland, UK
  • River Dee Walk

    Follow the tidal lower reaches of the River Dee, giving some fine opportunities for birdwatching. The walk starts in the picturesque town of Kirkcudbright and includes a loop to Tongland hydroelectric power station before beginning the return leg.
    https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/galloway/river-dee-kirkcudbright.shtml
    Kirkcudbright, Scotland, UK
  • Cally Woods Circular

    An easy walk through oak and mixed woodland which are a haven for wildlife including red squirrels and good for wildflowers in spring and summer.
    https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/galloway/cally-woods.shtml
    Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland, UK
  • Balloch Wood

    At present four main trails cover the length of the woodland and follow routes that have been walked by the local community for more than a century, following the natural contours of the woodland and using materials either from the woodland itself or from the most sympathetic local source.
    http://www.creetown-walks.co.uk/index.asp
    Creetown
  • Glenkiln Sculptures Walk

    This enjoyable ramble amongst the attractive upland landscapes around the Glenkiln Reservoir is made memorable by a series of spectacular sculptures. With works by Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin and Jacob Epstein, this route is a must for anyone with an interest in art.
    https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/galloway/glenkiln.shtml
    Near Shawhead, Scotland, UK
  • Treasure Trails

    A Treasure Trail is an imaginative way to explore somewhere new. An easy to follow route will enable you to crack the clues whilst taking in some of the most fascinating sights along the way. Each treasure hunt is completed in your own time.
    https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/dumfries-and-galloway
    Dumfries
  • Caerlaverock Castle and Nature Reserve

    Head along the edge of the Caerlaverock National Nature reserve mudflats, looking out for wintering geese, en route to one of Scotland's most beautiful and romantic ruined castles.
    https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/galloway/caerlaverock-castle.shtml
    Caerlaverock, Scotland, UK