Explore the shady lochside and woodland trails, amongst a wealth of wildlife and some great mountain biking spots


Dance with the dragonflies in Dalbeattie

Pretty Plantain Loch is a real highlight in this quiet, easy to explore forest beside the town of Dalbeattie. Pause a while at the lochside to watch ducks and dragonflies, and discover soaring sculptures amongst the trees. The best place to start for walkers is the Dalbeattie Town Wood car park.

Dalbeattie is one of the 7stanes world-class mountain biking centres – it’s renowned for its challenging granite slabs. If you're here to explore on your bike, head to the 7stanes Dalbeattie car park.

Our guide to the Forests of Dumfries and the Solway (PDF 6.5MB) will help you explore Dalbeattie and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.

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Find the essentials nearby

There are public toilets, shops and plenty of places to eat and drink at nearby Dalbeattie.

Car parking charges (coins only)

Please note, parking charges are as follows:

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £2 for up to 3 hours
  • £3 for all day
  • £12 for minibus and coach all day

Annual Parking Permits valid in Ae, Mabie and Dalbeattie for 2019 are on sale from 1 December. They cost £39 for a car or £59 for a minibus and are valid till the end of the calendar year. A perfect Christmas gift for the forest lover in your life! 

To buy one or for further information please contact the Ae Office, phone 0300 067 6900 or email

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Walking trails

Our guide to the Forests of Dumfries and the Solway (PDF 6.5MB) will help you explore Dalbeattie and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

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With its coastal setting lack of big hills, Dalbeattie has a relaxed feel – but the riding is far from dull.

It’s renowned amongst the 7stanes trail centres for its technical trails, granite features and great views, and there’s a trail here for everyone. Hone your technique at the skills area then choose your route into the forest.

The Dalbeattie 7stanes map (PDF 830KB) shows the trails.

Trail update (14 March): All trails open with a diversion on the Hardrock Route. Please follow all diversion signage.

Wildlife watching

Plantain Loch, in the heart of Dalbeattie’s Town Wood, is a great place to spot wildlife. In winter, look out for different species of gulls and ducks, while in summer grey herons nest in some of the lochside trees and little grebes nests amongst the reeds. Dragonflies and damselflies put on a show here on warm summer days too, zooming around close to the water's surface. One of the easiest to spot is the iridescent Common Blue Damselfly.

A green link

Dalbeattie Forest’s mix of deciduous woodland and conifer forest creates a green link between the town and coast. Its trees also provide a valuable and sustainable supply of timber – and one of Scotland’s biggest sawmills is tucked away behind the forest.

Dalbeattie granite travels the world

Granite from the town’s quarries has been used across the globe, from the Thames Embankment to a lighthouse in Sri Lanka, and it’s still being produced. Did you know that Dalbeattie granite cobbles cover the streets of London, Liverpool and Manchester?

A woodland community

This is a place where the community makes things happen. In 1999 the Dalbeattie Forest Community Partnership was set up so that local people could work with us to manage the forest. Two years later, the partnership built the easy access trail.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Ae Village, Parkgate, Dumfries

Postcode: DG1 1QB

Telephone: 0300 067 6900


How to get here

Dalbeattie lies between Dumfries and Castle Douglas at the junction of the A711 and the A710. From Dumfries, take the A710 towards Colvend and look for signs to Town Wood car park on your left after about ½ mile (1km). Town Wood car park is at grid reference NX 836 599.

For the mountain bike trails, head for the 7stanes Dalbeattie car park. This is also on the A710 about 1/4 mile (1/2km) beyond Town Wood. Dalbeattie 7stanes car park is at grid reference NX 836 591.

Using SatNav?

DG5 4QU is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Dumfries is the nearest railway station, and there are regular buses from Dumfries to Dalbeattie. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

Dalbeattie is one of several beautiful forests around the Solway Coast. Close to Dumfries, there are tree-lined hills and glens as well as more world-class mountain bike trails at Mabie Forest. It’s just a few miles to Palnackie, and the soaring Doach Wood where you’ll find some of the tallest trees in south west Scotland. The trails here are short but steep, rewarding your efforts with stunning views of the Solway coast.

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