Carrick Forest Drive

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Notable animal species along the forest drive:
Black grouse, red deer, roe deer, buzzard, golden eagle, Peregrine falcon

Summer visitors include grasshopper warbler

Best in: open May - October

Location

The Carrick Forest Drive is in the north of the Galloway Forest Park. You can access the drive from either Stinchar Bridge near Straiton or Loch Doon near Dalmellington.
OS Grid Reference: NX 43610 94078
Lat: 55.216098
Long: -4.4597626

How to get there

Driving: from the south (from Stranaer) – follow the A75 heading towards Newton Stewart. Before reaching Newton Stewart take a left turn heading for A714 towards Bargrennan. At Bargrennan take the right hand turn to Glentrool Village. Pass Glentrool village and continue along this windy and very picturesque road towards Straiton. You will head over the sunmmit of the hill and after your descent look out for Forestry Commission signs for Carrick Forest Drive.

From the south (from Dumfries) – follow the A75 heading towards Newton Stewart. Before reaching Newton Stewart take a right turn heading for A714 towards Bargrennan. At Bargrennan take the right hand turn to Glentrool Village. Pass Glentrool village and continue this windy and very picturesque road towards Straiton. You will head over the sunmmit of the hill and after your descent look out for Forestry Commission signs signed Carrick Forest Drive.

Driving from the north east – Follow the A713 towards Dalmellington. As you get roughly 1 mile away from Dalmellington look out for the Loch Doon turn on your left hand side. Follow this tarmac road all the way to the start of the forest drive.

Driving form the north west – Follow the A713 towards Castle Douglas. Roughly 1 miles after Dalmellington look out for the Loch Doon turn on your right hand side. Follow this tarmac road all the way to the start of the forest drive.

Public transport
520 Castle Douglas to Ayr

Facilities

Picnic benches, interpretation, car parks, wildlife viewing. Tolled road.

ContactGalloway Forest District 01671 402 420

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