Short but sweet Whitecairn
A very short but fairly strenuous 'there-and-back' trail to reach an ancient burial cairn hidden amongst the trees.
Find the essentials
There are toilets, including accessible facilities, a cosy café and a small selection of gifts and souvenirs at nearby Glentrool Visitor Centre.
There are also toilets, shops and plenty of places to eat and drink at Newton Stewart.
Mountain biking trails
How to get here
Glentrool village is off the A714, about 8 miles (13 km) north of Newton Stewart.
Turn off the A714 at Bargrennan, following signs to Glentrool. You’ll reach the village after about 2 miles (3 km). Turn into the village and park near the Community Centre (the old school) and playing fields.
To find the start of the trail, follow the road that leads uphill from the Community Centre and around the playing fields. As the road begins to bend left, look right to see a track leading into the woods, marked by a green post with a white band.
The start of the trail is at grid reference NX 357 784.
DG8 6SY is the nearest postcode.
There are regular buses between Newton Stewart and Ayr, which stop at Glentrool village.
Glentrool Visitor Centre
Stop off at the nearby visitor centre to enjoy a relaxing snack at the little café while watching woodland birds flocking at the feeders. This is also the start of some great trails, winding through the conifers or beside the rushing waters of the Trool and Minnoch.
Bruce's Stone and the Merrick
Carry on past the visitor centre to reach Bruce's Stone car park, where you can wander up to the historic stone and enjoy panoramic views over Loch Trool. For the very adventurous (and well-prepared), this is also the start of the hill route to the Merrick, the highest summit in the Southern Uplands.
Find this lovely old oak woodlandjust north of Newton Stewart. It's a great place for a stroll, whatever the weather, and it's a favourite with local walkers who treasure its tranquillity, wildlife and archaeological sites. Enjoy stunning views over Cairnsmore and the coast and watch out for roe and fallow deer, woodland birds, bats and, in summer, butterflies dancing in sunny glades.
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