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A great opportunity to get up close to Scotland's largest mammals

Red Deer Range

Say hello to Galloway's deer

The Red Deer Range was established in 1977 to give our visitors the chance to see these beautiful creatures up close in a natural environment. Around 60 red deer live here today – watch for them from the viewing area and hide. Whatever the weather, you can enjoy spotting deer and other wildlife from the shelter of the hide.

There are often guided walks and other red deer activities going on here too – check out the events tab or programme to find out more.

Parking Walking Wildlife hide

Parking at the Red Deer Range

There are two car parks at the Red Deer Range. The upper car park, close to the viewing area and hide, is open from the beginning of April to the end of October.

The lower car park is open year-round. From this car park, follow the white waymarkers to reach the viewing area and hide. This leads you along a narrow, stony path about 450 yards (400 metres) long. There's a short steep slope at the start but the path soon levels off.

Life's essentials

You'll find parking, toilets, including accessible facilities, refreshments and souvenirs at Clatteringshaws and Kirroughtree Visitor Centres at either end of the Queen's Way.

Watching wildlife

As you savour this wild place and watch for red deer, you're likely to spot other amazing wildlife too. Keep an eye on the skies for buzzards and other birds of prey who haunt these hills. The hide is also a great place to see a variety of moorland and woodland birds that gather at the feeding station at the hide.

Seeing stars

If seeing red deer up close isn't exciting enough already, this is also a fantastic place to stargaze! Because it's so dark, the Forest Park is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the stars – which is why it has been designated a Dark Sky Park. On a clear night the stars are so bright that you don't need a telescope or even binoculars to enjoy them. There are information panels about stargazing at the car park and you can also find out more online at Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park.

Stuck in a rut?

You're likely to see the red deer here between April and October, but summer and autumn are particularly special. Summertime brings the cute new calves – listen for them calling to their mothers as the herd grazes across the hillside. In autumn you're likely to hear the haunting roar of the stags at the start of the rut (mating season) – the stag with the loudest roar will win the attention of the hinds (females).

You'll find lots of information about the red deer at the car park. Check out the events programme for red deer guided walks and other activities here.

Contact Name : Galloway Forest District

District Office Name : Galloway Forest District
Address : Creebridge
  Newton Stewart
 
Postcode : DG8 6AJ
Telephone : 01671 402420
Email : galloway@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

How to get here

The Red Deer Range is beside the Queen's Way (A712) between Newton Stewart and New Galloway. The entrance is at grid reference NX 521 731.

Using SatNav?

DG8 7BL is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

There are lots of other interesting places to visit along the Queen's Way.

You'll find the Wild Goat Park nearby, where you can meet our rare and ancient breed of goats.

Pause or picnic at the Glen of the Bar for impressive views towards the Solway Coast and to find out why this narrow gully was so important to our ancient ancestors...

Visit Talnotry to find out more about Alexander Murray, one of Galloway's most famous sons, and the monument that celebrates his achievements. There are trails here to the monument, an atmospheric woodland artwork and the lovely Grey Mare's Tail waterfall.

The forest park visitor centres of Kirroughtree and Clatteringshaws are at each end of the Queen's Way. Stop off for more great trails as well as cafés, toilets and souvenirs.