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Explore mossy, mysterious woods beside the babbling Kennick Burn

Kennick Burn

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.


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Life’s essentials

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.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


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.

Contact: Galloway Forest District

Address: Creebridge, Newton Stewart

Postcode: DG8 6AJ

Telephone: 0300 067 6800

Email: galloway@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


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.

Using SatNav?

DG7 2PT is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are regular buses between Castle Douglas and Laurieston. Find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

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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