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A beautiful mixed deciduous wood where an old stretch of railway line has gone back to nature

The Hills

Head to The Hills

This quiet woodland on the edge of Mabie Forest is being managed to encourage the trees to regenerate naturally. This approach gives native plants a better chance of re-establishing and encourages birds like pied flycatchers and owls to feed and nest amongst the young trees. What species will you spot as you explore?

Our guide to the Forests of the Solway Coast will help you explore The Hills and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.

Please note, the A711 will be closed from 14 - 24th March between 9am and 4.30pm. This means there will be no vehicle access to the Hills during this time.


Parking Walking Viewpoint

Grab a refreshment

Visit nearby Mabie forest for parking and toilets, including accessible facilities. You’ll also find refreshments at Mabie House Hotel on site.

There are also plenty of places to eat, drink and shop as well as public toilets in nearby Dumfries.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Contact: Dumfries and Borders Forest District

Address: Ae Village, Parkgate, Dumfries

Postcode: DG1 1QB

Telephone: 0300 067 6900

Email: dumfriesborders@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

The Hills lies beside the A711 Dumfries to Dalbeattie road. Look out for signs to the car park about 3 miles (5km) from Dumfries.

The car park is at grid reference NX 930 731.

Using SatNav?

DG2 8HY is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Dumfries is the nearest railway station. There are regular buses from Dumfries to Dalbeattie, which stop at Goldielea. The Hills car park is less than ½ mile (1km) from here. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

The Hills is one of several beautiful forests around the Solway Coast.

Mabie is buzzing with nature, full of forest fun and always a great escape. Explore picturesque Dalbeattie forest for its granite trails, woodland adventure and glimpses of red squirrels, roe deer and dragonflies. Both Mabie and Dalbeattie are part of the 7stanes mountain biking network.


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