Creetown, Cardoon Ponds and Glenquicken Oak Trail

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A gently uphill path runs alongside the Balloch Burn through a beautiful wooded glen to reach the Cardoon Ponds. These provide an ideal picnic spot and may also be reached by car from Creetown or Gatehouse of Fleet via the Corse o' Slakes Road; a small car park is alongside. The area around the ponds is level and suitable for wheelchairs. The ponds form part of a local community project initiative completed in October 2004, in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland. The pond area is yet to be mapped.

A stretch along the newly designated Glenquicken Oak Trail follows. Upon reaching the open moor, the return route joins an unclassified road and from here, it is literally downhill all the way back to Creetown, with wonderful views of mountain and moorland.

No trip to Creetown is complete without a visit to the well-known Gem Rock Museum, marginally off your return route; here you may tour the museum or simply enjoy some refreshment at its cafe.

Information for Dog Owners: the route is considered suitable for biddable dogs.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Woodland or Forest


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, Museum, Nature Trail, Pub, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland