Walk 3-3: A monumental walk

This route deep in the heart of the Galloway forest makes use of forest roads and a former railway line to offer the chance to feel remote without the need for difficult hill climbing.


This is a meandering westerly walk through the forests from the shores of Loch Ken to the Scottish Natural Heritage visitor centre at Dromore.

Although quite long, it is almost entirely on forest roads and only modest levels of ascent. Much of it has open aspects with stunning views of landscape and wildlife.

From the start the Raiders Road is followed to Stroan Loch and two kilometres beyond a junction is taken over the River Dee and shortly beyond Auchencloy Covenanters Monument is visited.

Continuing on this track the approach to Loch Skerrow is stunning and at the southern end the former railway, the Paddy Line, is picked up where a world war 2 aircraft accident site is visited.

The walk ultimately emerges at the impressive Big Water of Fleet Viaduct with the pick up a few hundred metres beyond at the Scottish Natural Heritage visitor centre.

Starting Location

End Location

Register from 08:00
Depart at 08:30
Travel time 75 minutes
Start from NX 654 719
End at NX 554 637
Return travel time 45 minutes
Return by 17:30
Price (Adult) £11.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £11.00
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Walk 3-3: A monumental walk