Kirroughtree: Up and Down Bargaly Glen

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A figure-of-eight route offering easy and mainly level walking along Forestry Commission Scotland tracks and back lanes, it crosses the substantial Palnure Burn four times at different points. There are woods and fields, isolated farms and views of hills and mountains, with just one fairly humdrum stretch between conifers early on.

The scenic high spot of this walk, yet another one starting and finishing at Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, is where the Palnure Burn flows over rocks and through a narrow ravine in a series of miniature falls and rapids. Here is your recommended lunch-break spot and here too are a couple of pieces of public art, together with local poet Liz Niven's lines describing the course of the burn, which begin thus: 'Palfern springs between alder trees / turns back to the wind at Tonderghie / down Grey Mare's Tail and Clugie Linn / falls pierce the mountains with their din'.

You'll have to visit Bargaly Glen for the rest of the poem and study the map to find Clugie Linn and other intriguing local place-names.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - River Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Mostly Flat, Mountains, Play Area, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland