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“True wild camping”

Galloway Forest Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Galloway Forest Park is the UK's largest at over 97,000 hectares. it is only part of the wider Galloway forest area managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland at 116,000 hectares. it is a working living environment producing 650,000 tons of timber every year to make houses, pallets, paper and chip boards. The forest park is also host the UK's first Dark Sky Park. An area where the night time environment is protected for all living things and where you can see the universe open up in front of your very eyes - weather permitting! There is a superb red deer attraction that allows you to get up close to UK's largest mammal. Tours are available in peak season. The famous 7stanse mountain bike trails are also available along with many wonderful walking trails. its an outdoor extravaganza where you will often see nothing but nature and met nothing other than wildlife and fresh air. Three visitor centres are there to service your food, drink and information needs with friendly staff and likeminded visitors.
Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

The best place to wild camp without doubt. True isolation and fantastic wild life, red and roe deer, red kite buzzards, bats and surprisingly a herd of wild goats. You can walk for miles with great views and the night sky is a spectacular adfed bonus.

7  Thank Wildcamper1
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Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

We decided to hike around Loch Trool following information in a local guide book so it probably would have been helpful if the visitor centre had been open. The hike was listed as 3 miles and it was actually about 6 and when we got there part of the trail was closed. Anyhow this is a scenic hike full of vistas of the loch, many small waterfalls and a monument stone to Robert the Bruce along the way. We thought there would be washrooms(guidebook again) so may not be a great walk with young children. We ate our picnic lunch on a bridge at the end of the loch. We only saw a couple of other hikers on the trail. The trail is covered with shale type rock for quite a few miles and we walked on the road for over a mile too. I guess the visitor centres open later in the season.

3  Thank Mary H
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We spend most of our day here the main visitors centre was closed for building work. We took a picnic near the little waterfall as the weather was lovely then went to stand on the wooden platform later on drove along the forest drive watching it get darker and darker we came last year for the dark skies and couldn't resist staying for another breath taking view

1  Thank AshleySpencer1983
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

I got a call from one of our affiliate cycling groups in Dumfries saying we would love the new style Cafe which opened at Easter at Kirroughtree Forest. We were told it was much improved from last year with Excellent Coffee and lots of goodies, we don't ask for much just simple quality so our group of 12 went there last week and guess what, it was closed, shut, doors slammed. Don't worry about your customers and visitors Forestry Commission Scotland, after all, we are nothing. They don't even know the inconvenience caused when after four hours of rigorous cycling, you then have to pile into town to a grubby tea shop. Drinks were available from the Bike Shop, but believe me, it was rather pathetic and we are professional people so why should we not expect a reasonable service. Anyway, is still a great area to Bike out for the day but just don't expect anything else, better still, take your food with you ....

6  Thank Harry G
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We spent a day out in the forest and loved every minute. Sadly the visitor centre at Gentrool was closed for renovations but was managed a gorgeous picnic at the river and the a cycle to the Loch Trool with the kids. Simply a wonderful day out.

Parking for a whole day was only £3 which I think is rather reasonable considering what it is contributing toward. If you can't manage the £3 then just drive a little further on to the Loch Trool and park for free. It just doesn't get better....

4  Thank GavinUrquhart
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