Stop here for stunning Solway views and a glimpse into the past...

Glen of the Bar

Enjoy the view at Glen of the Bar

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

This is one of several great places to stop along the A712, known as the Queen's Way.


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.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

A glen with history

The Glen of the Bar is a magnificent tree-clad gully that runs for nearly a mile, following the line of a beck that eventually runs into Palnure Burn. There's a spectacular viewpoint here overlooking the gully with interpretation panels that reveal its extraordinary history.

Numerous animal bones have been found at the end of the gully, prompting historians to suggest that early peoples of the area herded wild animals into the steep sided ravine, and then hurled stones and spears at them to kill them.

Contact: Galloway Forest District

Address: Creebridge, Newton Stewart

Postcode: DG8 6AJ

Telephone: 0300 067 6800


How to get here

The Glen of the Bar car park is beside the Queen's Way (A712) between Newton Stewart and New Galloway. The entrance is at grid reference NX 479 708.

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DG8 7BL is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

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

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 picturesque Grey Mare's Tail waterfall.

You'll also find the Wild Goat Park and Red Deer Range along the Queen's Way. Here you can meet Scotland's largest mammal, the red deer, and our rare and ancient breed of goats.

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.

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