This lovely old oak woodland near Newton Stewart is a great place for a stroll, whatever the weather

Knockman Wood

Step into nature at Knockman Wood

This wood is treasured by local walkers for its tranquillity, wildlife and archaeological sites. Explore the trails here for stunning views over Cairnsmore and the coast, and watch out for roe and fallow deer, woodland birds, bats and butterflies dancing in sunny glades during the summer.

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Life's essentials

There are toilets and a variety of places to eat, drink and shop at nearby Newton Stewart. You're also close to Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, which has parking, toilets, a café, souvenirs and bike hire.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Knockman Wood has a rich history. It is an ancient semi-natural woodland originally full of oak and hazel. In 1824 it became a deer park and, around that time, non-native beech and sycamore trees were introduced.

In recent years, Forestry Commission Scotland has been working with Cree Valley Community Woodlands Trust here to thin out the beech and sycamore and reduce overgrazing by fallow deer. As a result, the native species are thriving and local wildlife is flourishing too.

The Trust continues to look after Knockman Wood in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland. The Trust volunteers manage the site and work hard to maintain the trails and enhance the woodland habitats here.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Creebridge, Newton Stewart

Postcode: DG8 6AJ

Telephone: 0300 067 6800


How to get here

Knockman Wood is just north of Newton Stewart. From Newton Stewart, cross the River Cree to Minnigaff then take the minor public road signposted to ‘RSPB Wood of Cree’.

After about 500 yards (457 metres), slow down and look out for a small brown sign to ‘Knockman Wood’ near some houses. Turn here and go through the gates (please close them behind you). Follow the forest track to reach the car park, which is at grid reference NX 408 673.

Using SatNav?

DG8 6SL is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are regular buses to Newton Stewart from Dumfries. Find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

At Knockman Wood, you’re close to two of the Forest Park’s three visitor centres: Kirroughtree and Glentrool. Visit either for more great trails as well as cafés, information, souvenirs and toilets.

Visit nearby High Camer Wood at any time of year for a colourful stroll. In spring spot bluebells, honeysuckle and wood sorrel and enjoy glorious colours as the trees turn in autumn.

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