Kirkmahoe Parish Walk 2: Around Dalswinton

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Close to Dumfries, the parish of Kirkmahoe is yet very rural. This easy walk takes in the tiny estate village of Dalswinton and includes an optional loop around Dalswinton Loch, where in 1788 the world's first steam-powered paddleboat was launched, a life-sized replica of which may be seen nearby. Plenty more of interest awaits you on the route, including a 'tin tabernacle'!

The walk starts by the main gates into the lovely Dalswinton Estate, follows the tree-lined drive past the old ruined house and the loch and heads out past farms to reach the village of Dalswinton. From here the route proceeds through Church Wood and leads to the red Barony Church, erected in 1881 from corrugated iron as a chapel of ease and still in use today. The latter stages of the walk rise and descend along picturesque lanes back to the start.

The walk is based on one of a series of guides produced by 'Discover Kirkmahoe'.

Information for Dog Owners: there are sheep and other livestock on the route, as well as geese and waterfowl, so dogs should be kept on the leash.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland