Walk 3-6: Kirkdale to Balloch Wood

The route explores the rolling farmland overlooking Wigtown Bay. There will be plenty of historical interest along the way.


Leaving the A75 at Kirkdale Bridge the walk follows the small glen above Kirkdale to visit the ancient chambered cairns at Cairnholy. Retracing steps past the old ice house and the elegantly designed steading at Kirkdale Mains it follows a rough track across the fields with fine views over Wigtown Bay.

The route then enters the Cleugh of Doon, a narrow defile below the hill fort of the Doon of Carsluith, before heads up the valley of the Carsluith Burn towards California.

Crossing the burn and passing the burned out Bagbie Sheds, the route passes the stone circle and onto the old Kirkmabreck church. It then climbs up to the old granite quarries where peregrines nest before following the old miners' path back to Creetown and the Gem Rock Museum for refreshments.

Note: The registration time (now 10:15) and departure time (now 10:45) for this walk have been moved 30 minutes earlier than previously advertised. Finish time is unchanged.

Starting Location

End Location

Theme Cafe
Register from 10:15
Depart at 10:45
Travel time 15 minutes
Start from NX 516 530
End at NX 477 590
Return travel time 15 minutes
Return by 16:45
Price (Adult) £11.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £11.00
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Walk 3-6: Kirkdale to Balloch Wood