Barr - Craigmalloch - Forest Tracks - Dinmurchie Farm - Barr

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For those who appreciate a combination of forest and open hill, this circular walk will suit you admirably. Following the track through the forest you suddenly clear the trees at the top of the hill, from where you can look down on the picturesque village of Barr across the Stinchar valley. The walk will take you up along wide and good forest tracks, then down narrow, faint and rarely used paths through rough fields full of long tall grasses which are often wet. In winter the upper fields can be quite boggy, and you will need to find your way round the worst of them. The narrow paths nearer the bottom are often stony and can be slippery when wet. If you are lucky, you may see some of the wildlife including deer, foxes, hares, kestrels and buzzards. Near the end of the walk the route descends along the old track which runs from the Water of Minnoch to Barr as described in Armstrong's 1773 map of Ayrshire. Soon after this reach the view in the photo, taken near the end of the walk and showing the village in the distance. Finally stroll back along the narrow road which follows the Water of Gregg with its attractive wooded banks makes a fitting end to a memorable walk.

This walk is probably most suitable for teenagers, senior citizens and anyone in-between. It's excellent for dogs, but hopeless for wheelchairs and buggies. Suitable footwear will be boots, especially in winter, and avoid wearing shorts. On your route there are refreshments in the café at the post office, and toilets should be available in the village hall.

Scotland - South Scotland - Ayrshire and Arran - Galloway Forest Park


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland