Gatehouse of Fleet: Cally Woods

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Gatehouse of Fleet boasts an enviable location amidst some of Galloway's loveliest countryside, with easy access to the beautiful and extensive Cally Woods. You will enjoy this mainly level circuit on well-maintained paths and tracks.

The walk starts from the woodland car park and follows yellow-banded posts through these lovely woods. At its southernmost point it approaches the A75 before turning west and then north, past the entrance to Cally Gardens. At a road junction you have the option to turn left and walk through parkland to visit the Cally Palace Hotel. You might find helicopters on the front lawns and there are bound to be upmarket vehicles in the car park. This diversion would add about three-quarters of a mile to the length of the walk.

The birdsong on this fine October day was abundant and at one point a fox crossed my path. It stopped and looked at me, rather disdainfully I thought, before loping off leisurely and unconcerned.

Information for Dog Owners: please comply with notices at car park stating:

'Please keep dogs under control. Livestock in nearby fields' and

'If your dog goes to the loo... get a stick and flick... is what we would like you to do!'

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


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Public Transport, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
10/7/2018 - Adrian Spencer

Completed this pleasant stroll at the weekend, a nice leg stretch. Be warned the car park at the start is currently closed off with no explanation so we had to park on the road.

10/25/2015 - MIKE DUDLEY

This a lovely woodland walk, especially when enjoyed in autumnal sunshine. Basically, just follow the yellow markers from Cally Woods car park- with the option to walk down the drive to Cally Palace Hotel (bleak building but lovely golf course/parkland grounds). Thanks for bringing this walk to my notice.