Bargaly Wood

Bargaly Wood Stats

Grade: Green - Easy
Distance: 6Km
Singletrack: 10%
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 0.5 - 1 hrs

Bargaly Wood is a pleasant leisurely ride. Its ideal for first timers, families and children - or those who reckon it's been too long since they were in the saddle!


The route takes you along forest trails, farm tracks and quiet public roads in mixed woodland and pastoral setting with views up Bargaly Glen and to the hills beyond.

The Old Nursery

Starting out through the open areas and fragmented woodland of the old forest nursery you soon reach the forest edge. You climb briefly on a wide path though some very fine conifers before a similar descent brings you down to the Little Park Farm Road.

Papy Ha

An easy spin along the road takes you past the site of Papy Ha. The name refers to a site of a holy dwelling long since derelict and comes from 'Papy', the Norse for a preacher or teacher and 'Ha' the Saxon word for hall or house. Continue on, pass through the farmyard and follow the course of the old road through a couple of fields. As the views up the glen to the Galloway hills start to open out you Note that the track can be a bit muddy in winter.

Palnure Burn

On rejoining a tarmac road you cross over the rushing water of Palnure Burn via an old stone bridge and continue easily back down the glen on the road alongside Bargaly Wood. Recross Palnure Burn to reach a short climb back up to the visitor centre.

If you feel you're ready to take the next step, why not try Kirroughtree's blue-graded Larg Hill trail?

The Trails view grading charts

Visitor Comments

Did this last year, brilliant track for beginners, nothing difficult.
sophie (aged 7)
I did this route and enjoyed it, well cool!
tony and sophie
Sophie aged 7 did this route and enjoyed every bit of it
Easy and short. A pleasant way to wander round the valley with younger kids. Not challenging enough for keener types, mind.
big g
Nice and flat family route but track through field very muddy and covered in cow s**t so youngster on tag along covered from head to toe also 4 gates to open and close.Coming from a farm this didn't bother us to much but might be an issue for some !
I want to go again
Good route
Very easy going beginners route. To be honest our 7 yr old kids found it pretty boring as its all very flat. Also, its mostly on very quiet back country roads which doesn't make it feel very much like mountain biking. All in all though, a pretty little route for families with young kids.

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Kirroughtree Visitor Centre - Opening Hours



1st November 2015 - 31st March 2016 11am-2.30pm


Half term October 10-4pm


Contact : 01671 402165







Ample parking is at the trail head by the visitor centre. Parking costs £1 per hour, £2 for up to 3 hours and £3 for all day.

 More than 7 people would be classed as a minibus, which costs £12 for a day.


There are toilet and shower facilities on site at the visitor centre. The toilets are open all year.

Bike Hire

The Breakpad Bike and Outdoor Shop

Open daily -
10am - 4pm

They offer a wide range of demo and hire bikes, bike sales, with a fully equipped workshop for service and repairs on site.  Bike wash facilities are available. 

Call 01671 401303  for more information


Kirkcowan Cycles is in Newton Stewart and offers bike sales, repairs, servicing, parts, accessories and cycle hire.

Opening Times

Mon - Sat 8.30am - 5.30pm (Year Round)
Wed late night opening 8.30am - 8.30pm

Tel 01671 401529


Kirroughtree Mountain Bike Trail Centre,, 14,

Trail Conditions

Current at Thursday 11th February 2016

Trails: All open.

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Conditions: Please take extra care when high winds are forecast as this could lead to windblown trees across the trail.

Diversions: None.






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