Threave Estate, Castle, House and Garden Circular

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This level walk is around the 1,500-acre Threave Estate, in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, with options to visit Threave Castle, built by Archibald the Grim in the 14th Century on an island in the River Dee, Threave House and its delightful gardens, or to divert to any of several bird hides. There is also a viewing platform to watch ospreys at their nest or fishing in the Dee in the summer months. The walk passes through three tenanted farms and follows part of an old railway line. Refreshments are available near the start and finish, but The Bothy Tea Room at Waymark 6 has closed and is now an information centre.

Parking and walking around the estate are free; admission is charged for entrance to house and gardens (unless you belong to the NTS) and for ferry to the castle.

Threave lies close to the town of Castle Douglas, off the A75 in the old Stewartry of Kirkcudbright.

For local weather forecasts and other relevant information and services go to www.gallowaymrt.org.uk for Galloway Mountain Rescue's excellent website.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Gift Shop, Great Views, Lake/Loch, National Trust, Nature Trail, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland