7stanes - Glentrool
7stanes - Glentrool
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julian H
Wymondham, UK359 contributions
Sep 2020
the view from the stone both down and along the loch with the hills around was superb. The car park at the bottom said 100 metres and it was more like 300 so go to the top. Do NOT park and PAY at the visitor centre , miles away and all the car parks near the stone albeit along a narrow and bumpy road are FREE so rather odd all round but do not be put off . Some interesting history here , heavily pro scottish but hey we are in Scotland!
Written September 29, 2020
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Nicola C
Kilmarnock, UK4 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
This was an unexpected day out but well worth it. Go past the main car park, past second car park as far as you can go (my partner cannot walk too far). There is a wee path to the right of the Merrick trail follow that and there it is! Goosebumps on seeing the stone, views are spectacular and the loch was so still it was idyllic. Gorgeous get away spot. You should definitely see this.
Written June 1, 2020
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Andrew
Paisley, UK5 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Stopped at the wee cafe for a cuppa as the other half had forgotten the flask... was provided excellent service by (I think their name was zooey). They were friendly and made an excellent coffee without burning the milk. Covid safe and definitely hit the spot.
Written April 21, 2021
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charl061191
Pickering, UK111 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We had a lovely day here.

First we did the long walk around the loch. Beautiful views and a very varied walk.

We did the raiders trail in the car which was a good way to see different places and stop off in places we wanted to look at. We stopped at Otter Pool which was beautiful, especially in the sunshine.
Written August 31, 2020
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Mookie1949
Dumfries and Galloway, UK54 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
Have waited nearly a year for the centre to re-open and what a disappointment!! I have to say the Forestry have done a great job with the refurbished centre and have cleared a huge space outside the café and beside the river for sitting out and enjoying the views BUT oh dear the staff at the café are very rude. No welcoming smile or greeting and we paid more than £4 for a mediocre cup of flavourless coffee and a cup of hot chocolate - not offered alternative sizes of the drink which we didn't know about so angry at that. What a shame that the centre should be let down by the catering - previous regular visits were always memorable thanks to the quality of the fare and the bright cheery staff - unfortunately we will not be going to the Centre again and will instead use the cafes in Newton Stewart - what a shame.
Written May 4, 2014
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FCH6
5 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
After a long and wet walk nearby, the small tea room in the visitor centre was a welcome sight! The lady behind the counter was very friendly and helpful, and despite being 20 minutes from closing time, we did not feel rushed. I had a luxury hot chocolate and a fruit scone, both of which were excellent. The scone was not pre-wrapped, as you sometimes get in visitor centres like this, but clearly fresh that day.

Finally with regards to the unisex toilets, the cubicles are separate with no gaps under dividing walls and contain their own sink/mirror etc. Most importantly though, they were clean!
Written May 27, 2019
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Lois L
Sheffield, UK9 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
We explored Glen Trool on foot, rather than on a bike. There are plenty of walkers and bikers on the trails, in fact there seemed to be more walkers when we visited. There is a choice of routes, all of which are waymarked and easy to follow. The visitor’s centre in the first car park has an information leaflet with a map showing all the routes; I recommend picking up a copy. If you are walking, you will need good footwear. Most of the paths are (newly?) surfaced with stone chippings, which are obviously quite hard underfoot.

There are some interesting landmarks including Bruce’s stone, which commemorates a famous victory and has impressive views. On the other side of the loch is the site of the Battle of Glen Trool, there are also some Covenanters’ graves near one of the paths. The scenery is spectacular, especially the views across the loch. We also saw a lot of wildlife. I was given many dire warnings about midges, so we were covered in insect repellent, but actually we didn’t have any problems at all.

The main drawback was some noise from a digger which seemed to be moving a lot of rocks around and some tree felling going on when we visited in mid-week, but this only affected a short stretch of the walk.

We started and finished our walk at the visitor’s centre, which has toilets, a small shop and a cafe. The cafe was fab – a huge piece of very nice cake and a cup of coffee were greatly appreciated after a long walk. The cafe would get 5 stars – I highly recommend it.

My idea of a perfect walk is a combination of beautiful scenery, interesting things to look at and a conveniently located pub or cafe, so this fitted the bill very well.

It is a beautiful area and I am sure we will visit again.
Written September 5, 2014
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Zoe B
Cleethorpes, UK451 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Personally didn't find this as good as other walks we had done and the server in the cafe was miserable and looked horrified when we asked if he had oat or soya milk, felt a bit like we had stepped back in time! Having said that we enjoyed the walking and the dogs could be off lead the whole time, important when you have spaniels!
Written August 7, 2019
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Eileen C
20 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Visited the glentrool visitor centre for lunch x was absolutely delicious...best toasties x x then a wee stroll upto bruces stone x x brilliant area for fun x fresh air x history x scenery and history x x
Written July 7, 2017
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Hamishthegreat
Edinburgh69 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
After parking up we spent most of the day on the walks with the dogs, Got a bit lost as some of the way markers wee missing or lying in the undergrowth but nothing drastic. After being pulled by our huskies for the best part of 3 hours the visitor centre looked like the best spot for a bite to eat. I not would go as far as calling it a visitor centre as not much interpretation, but a cafe indeed. The staff were very friendly and did not have problem inviting us in with the dogs. I had a toastie and my wife had a baked potato, coffee, hot chocolate, scones and cake. Fillings were good and home baking very well made. We went back a couple of days later for some more home baking to take home with us.
Written July 11, 2015
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