Glen Trool: The Circuit of Loch Trool

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The walk around Loch Trool is described from the large car park near the Bruce's Stone. Initially walking back along the road, the route turns down a path through conifers and alongside a burn, to emerge onto and across moorland, still on a good path. Hereabouts fine views of Loch Trool may be had. The walk proceeds to cross the Water of Trool (pictured here) at Caldons, returning along the wooded southern shore of the loch on an undulating path. There are some good views across to the Fell of Eschoncan (see Walk 2508) and Buchan Hill (Walk 2238), framing The Merrick (Walks 1985 and 2944) in the background. The Battle of Glen Trool is the subject of the information board passed next, after which the path descends to cross the Glenhead Burn and turn left alongside it. Joining the road, the route approaches the Bruce's Stone, reached via a short, rising path, thereafter to continue through trees to the start car park.

Should you visit Glen Trool on a very warm day and not feel equal to tackling one of the many splendid hill-walks on offer, this easy to moderate circuit of the loch is mainly shady and should keep you cool.

Information for Dog Owners: this walk is considered suitable for dogs on leads.

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

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Galloway Forest Park


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, Mostly Flat, Mountains, Play Area, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
5/12/2016 - Andy Carlin

Sadly the tree felling around Loch Trool cut this walk off for me half way around. I would check with the forestry commission before attempting this walk as the work is ongoing. However the views from the west point and Bruces Stone are simply gorgeous!

6/18/2012 - MIKE AFIA

Very sad they have "upgraded" the paths. Harsh gravel now makes the walk uncomfortable. Walkers I met described the paths as similar to the urban tracks round Milton Keynes.

7/10/2011 - Shaun McKittrick

What a beautiful walk. The views over the last two thirds of it are simply stunning. Very dog friendly (no stiles etc) and the paths are mostly well defined and easy to follow. Quite a quiet walk, we only passed 3 sets of walkers - it seems most folk prefer the shorter walks down by the visitors centre. One slight correction - at point 13 there is now a tarmac path ... following the white thistle posts along this path will take you to point 14.