Kilsture Forest

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Delightful views of the mountains and hills across Wigtown Bay are afforded on this easy walk along good paths in Kilsture Forest, the largest woodland in The Machars peninsula of Wigtownshire and managed by Forestry Commission Scotland. Kilsture's trees are mainly broad-leaved deciduous, with some larch and occasional stands of hemlock. Birdsong is usually a constant accompaniment to walkers in the forest, in winter sometimes supplemented with the evocative calls of geese.

Although not designated by FCS as wheelchair-friendly, the 'deer trail' which this walk in part follows is on firm and even, reinforced paths and in dry conditions at least, suggests a pleasant two-miler accessible to wheelchair users. However, it should be borne in mind that Kilsture Forest is also a popular recreational facility with horse-riders and dog-walkers. After following the 'deer trail' on its outward leg, then reaching the car park at Hazelbank where wheelchair users should turn back, the described route veers off along a narrow, undulating path deep into and across the forest.

Returning along part of the outward route, another diversion onto a minor path brings us onto the 'woodpecker trail' before gently dropping to rejoin the main path leading to the picnic table and car park.

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

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


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Good for Wheelchairs, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Mostly Flat, Mountains, Nature Trail, Public Transport, Sea, Wildlife, Woodland