A community woodland on the edge of Dumfries, ideal for a stroll, run or a bike ride

Heathhall Forest

Have an afternoon stroll in Heathhall

This woodland, on the doorstep of Heathhall, is criss-crossed by a number of informal paths that you are welcome to explore. It’s a great place to enjoy a woodland picnic, or easy walks and bike rides along its tree-lined paths.

Parking Walking

Places to eat nearby

You’ll find public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop in 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


How to get here

You can get into the forest direct from Tinwald Downs Road in Heathhall, or there’s a small car park near the junction of the A709 and the A75. Take the exit onto A709 signposted for Lockerbie, and the car park is immediately on the left, at grid reference NX 999 773. There’s parking for about six cars here.

Using SatNav?

DG1 3TB is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Dumfries is the nearest railway station, and regular buses run to nearby Locharbriggs. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

You can also cycle to Heathhall from Dumfries railway station on Local Cycle Route 10.

Nearby places

There are several other great forests to explore near Dumfries. Visit Mabie Forest, which is buzzing with nature, full of forest fun and always a great escape. Or follow the trail through the beautiful mixed deciduous wood at The Hills to explore a stretch of old railway line that provides a sheltered haven for wildlife. At the Forest of Ae you’ll find magnificent mountain biking, as well as tranquil woodland trails and picnic sites beside the sparkling Water of Ae.

Our guide map to the Forests of the Southern Uplands will help you explore more woodlands a bit further afield.

Share your experience

For questions and complaints, please contact us directly.