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A pretty patch of mixed woodland in the open south Galloway landscape

Kilsture Forest

Wander through enchanting Kilsture Forest

There’s a lovely atmosphere all year round in this mixed forest. It’s the largest patch of woodland in the open countryside of The Machars, and a great shelter for roe deer and red squirrels. It looks especially pretty in May, when bluebells carpet the ground.


Parking Picnic area Walking

Life’s essentials

You’ll toilets and places to eat in Wigtown.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


The Red Deer Trail is popular with local horse riders: it’s mainly level, and just the right length for a short ride.

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

From Wigtown follow signs for Whithorn along the A714 and A746. About 3 ½ miles (5.6 km) south of Wigtown, take the B7004, signposted for Garlieston. Kilsture Car Park is about ½ mile (800 metres) along this road, on the right hand side. The car park is at grid reference NX 436 501.

Using SatNav?

DG8 9DD is the nearest postcode, a little further south along the B7004.

Public transport

Buses between Wigtown and Whithorn pass the junction with the B7004. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

Nearby places

Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Cally Woods offers a range of trails through what was once parkland around a grand house, and longer routes down to the sea. Four miles up the Cree estuary, Kirroughtree is one of the gateways to the Galloway Forest Park. It’s one of the 7 Stanes mountain biking centres, with some of the best single track riding in the country.


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