Kick back at Kennick Burn
This quiet and atmospheric woodland winds along the banks of the picturesque Kennick Burn. Enjoy a peaceful picnic or a gentle amble, while keeping your eyes on the skies for red kites.
There’s parking and places to eat, drink and shop at nearby New Galloway – and don’t miss its community and visitor centre, the Catstrand.
You’re also not far from Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre on the Queen’s Way (A172). There are toilets, parking, trails and a café with a lovely view over the loch.
Kennick Burn Trail
A delightful meander alongside the babbling Kennick Burn, where you'll find some lovely cascades and all sorts of woodland and riverside wildlife.
Section of uneven rocky and earthy surface with exposed tree roots. Some short steep slopes. Includes two narrow bridges, several rocky steps and a short section along the road.
1 miles / 1.5 km Allow ¾ hour
Play Pooh Sticks from the bridge over the burn and watch for plump dippers and pied wagtails bobbing on the banks. Enjoy the songs of woodland birds in the canopy and watch out for buzzards and red kites overhead.
Mountain biking trails
Galloway Red Kite Trail
Kennick Burn is just off the route of the Galloway Kite Trail, which is a great way to view spectacular red kites in lovely scenery. Spot these magnificent birds soaring overhead as along the 24 mile (40 km) route and visit a red kite feeding station just outside Laurieston.
How to get here
Kennick Burn is near Laurieston, which is on the A762 between Kirkcudbright and St John’s Town of Dalry. At Laurieston, turn onto the B795 towards Gatehouse of Fleet. Look out for the Kennick Burn car park after about 2 miles (3 km) at grid reference NX 661 649.
The trails start from this car park, but require crossing the road. Please be careful as you cross.
DG7 2PT is the nearest postcode.
There are regular buses between Castle Douglas and Laurieston. Find details at Traveline Scotland.
Visit the red kite feeding station in Laurieston and then follow the Galloway Kite Trail to nearby Bennan Wood, which runs beside Loch Ken. There are glorious loch and countryside views from the trails here.
In summer the Kite Trail route also includes the Raiders’ Road Forest Drive, which begins near Bennan. This 10 mile (16 km) road winds beside the banks of the Black Water of Dee to Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre. This is the perfect place to enjoy panoramic views, a gentle stroll beside the loch or, at night, spectacular stargazing.
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