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Bumblebees, bluebells and blackbirds – and sweeping views of the artists’ town

Barrhill Woods

Be inspired by Barrhill Woods

Barhill Woods is a lovely mixed woodland of broadleaves and conifers, right on the doorstep of Kirkcudbright. This attractive town is famous as the home of many Scottish artists, and Barrhill Woods are just the place to come for some inspiration. The woods are especially pretty in late spring, when bluebells cover the ground.

There are great views over Kircudbright and its harbour, while the forest is alive with blackbirds and thrushes: listen for the rustle as they search for food among the leaves. You might hear the drumming of woodpeckers too.


Parking Walking

Life’s essentials

You’ll find public toilets and plenty of places to eat in Kirkcudbright.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


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

If you’re in Kirkcudbright already, you can walk right into the wood from Silver Craigs Avenue or Woodlands Road.

For the car park, follow the B727, signposted to Gelston, from the centre of Kirkcudbright. The car park is about 1/3 mile (530 metres) up this road on the right hand side, at grid reference NX 690 509.

Using SatNav?

DG6 4XY is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Several bus routes serve Kirkcudbright. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

Cally Woods is a peaceful broadleaved woodland near Gatehouse of Fleet, where you’ll find more trails to explore.


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