Glimpse the past amongst the trees at Polmaddy, stroll a picturesque burn and explore the remains of a traditional Galloway farming village with royal connections


Slow down the pace at Polmaddy

This large conifer woodland is dotted with historic remains that make up a fascinating picture of Galloway's past. Visit Polmaddy settlement to find the ruins of a traditional farming village tucked in a loop of the lovely Polmaddy Burn. The burn winds its lazy way through the woodland, which opens out to give wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

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Life’s essentials

The nearest toilets, refreshments and shops are at Carsphairn or St John’s Town of Dalry.

Alternatively, take the Queen’s Way (A712) just south of St John’s Town of Dalry to reach Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, which has a café overlooking the loch, as well as parking and trails.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

The simple life

The settlement of Polmaddy was once a thriving ‘ferm-toun’ – a traditional Galloway farming village. It was made up of small houses with byres and fields for animals and crops. It also had a mill and an inn. Follow the Polmaddy trail to find out more.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Creebridge, Newton Stewart

Postcode: DG8 6AJ

Telephone: 0300 067 6800


How to get here

Polmaddy lies beside the A713 between St John's Town of Dalry and Carsphairn. Look out for the Forestry Commission signs to Polmaddy from the A713. Turn off here and follow the forest road to the car park, which is at grid reference NX 592 878.

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DG7 3SY is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

Head north from Polmaddy to soak up the splendour of the landscape in the northern part of the Forest Park on the Carrick Forest Drive. Discover the remains of Loch Doon castle, visit the black grouse viewing area or enjoy a picnic at the foot of Cornish Hill.

Alternatively, head south to find Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, beside the Queen’s Way (A712). This is the perfect place to enjoy panoramic views, a gentle stroll beside the loch or, at night, spectacular stargazing.

Find out more about the fascinating history of the area – including its hills, farms, forests and lead-mining heritage – at Carsphairn Heritage Centre.

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