How To Get To Kirroughtree

Kirroughtree visitor centre is around 5km east of Newton Stewart in Galloway Forest Park.

Access to the trails is from the trail head at Kirroughtree visitor centre.

View a map of Kirroughtree's location in Scotland

The Kirroughtree trail map shows the location of car parks, the trail head and access points for the trails.

By Car

Using SatNav or GPS?

Use postcode DG8 7BE, which will take you to the trail head.

The OS Grid Reference for Kirroughtree trail head is: NX453648

From Edinburgh or Dumfries

Head to Dumfries via the A702, the A74(M) and the A701, then follow the A75 west towards Newton Stewart. Take the right turn off the A75 at Palnure, signposted for the visitor centre. Follow the road for approx 500m then take the left hand fork, again signposted for the visitor centre. The road leads into the visitor centre car park.

From Glasgow, Girvan or Newton Stewart

Take the A77 to Girvan and then join the A714 to Newton Stewart. From Newton Stewart, follow the A75 for around 4.5 km and then turn left at Palnure, signposted for the visitor centre. Follow the road for approx 500m then take the left hand fork, again signposted for the visitor centre. The road leads into the visitor centre car park.

From Stranraer

Follow the A75 east towards Newton Stewart. Pass Newton Stewart, follow the A75 for around 4.5 km and then turn left at Palnure, signposted for the visitor centre. Follow the road for approx 500m then take the left hand fork, again signposted for the visitor centre. The road leads into the visitor centre car park.

From Carlisle

Follow the A74 north and then turn onto the A75 at Gretna. Follow the A75 through Dumfries towards Newton Stewart. Take the right turn off the A75 at Palnure, signposted for the visitor centre. Follow the road for approx 500m then take the left hand fork, again signposted for the visitor centre. The road leads into the visitor centre car park. Needs checked

By Public Transport (Train)

The nearest train station is at Barrhill, around 38km from the trail head by main road. Journey time to Barrhill is between 1hr 40 minutes and 2 hours from Glasgow, and 1hr 10 minutes from Prestwick Airport. There are direct services and some that require a change. From Stranraer, trains are direct, taking around 30 minutes, and there are rail connections to Barrhill from Troon if arriving there from Northern Ireland.

Trains to Barrhill are operated by First Scotrail. You might need to book in advance to take your bike on the train. See First Scotrail's information for cyclists.

There is a bus connection to Newton Stewart from Barrhill, running 7 days a week. See travel by bus details above. There is also a station in Dumfries, from where there are bus connections onwards to Palnure (for Kirroughtree).

For further information on rail travel in Scotland and throughout GB see www.nationalrail.co.uk. The site also has general information about taking your bike on trains in Britain.

By Public Transport (Bus)

Buses serve Palnure village, approx. 1.5km from the trail head and will carry bikes. Check with the service operator for details.

Stagecoach West Scotland runs the no. 500 / x75 direct service that stops at Palnure village. The journey takes 10 minutes from Newton Stewart and there are direct connections from Stranraer, Dumfries and Carlisle.

There are no direct bus services from Edinburgh or Glasgow but connections are available in Dumfries or Girvan for Newton Stewart and Palnure.

For bus journey planning in Scotland see www.travelinescotland.com or use the box at the foot of this section. For bus travel from other parts of GB and NI, see www.traveline.org.uk.

By Ferry

From Northern Ireland, there are ferries to Stranraer from Belfast, and to Troon and Cairnryan from Larne. Train connections to Barrhill for travel to Newton Stewart are available from Stranraer and Troon, and direct bus connections to Newton Stewart and Palnure (for Kirroughtree) are available from Stranraer (See train and bus details, above).

See www.stenaline.co.uk and www.poirishsea.com for more details.

By Air

The nearest airport with scheduled flights is Glasgow Prestwick. There are direct rail connections from Prestwick to Barrhill, and car hire is available at the airport.

For more details of flights, see the Glasgow Prestwick airport website.

By Bike

National Cycle Route 7 passes directly through the trail head at Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, roughly 5km from Newton Stewart.

Traveline Scotland

Use the Traveline Scotland box below to plan a journey to Kirroughtree using public transport in Scotland. You'll need the postcode of where you're starting from.

See www.travelinescotland.com for other options or www.traveline.org.uk if coming from elsewhere in GB & NI.

Disclaimer

These are suggested routes only, using the most direct routes available.

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Facilities

Catering

Kirroughtree Visitor Centre - Opening Hours

March 7th - 9th

10am - 4pm

March 14th - 28th

10am - 4pm

March 29th - end October

10am - 6pm

Contact : 01671 402165

 

 

 

Parking

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.

Toilets

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

Opening Times
March: Thurs - Sun
10am - 4.30pm
April onwards: Mon - Sun
10am - 5pm


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

www.thebreakpad.com

Kirkcowan Cycles is 7 miles west of Newton Stewart for bike sales, repairs, servicing, parts, accessories and cycle hire.

Opening Times

Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm (Year Round)

Tel 01671 830286

Visit www.kirkcowancycles.co.uk

www.courtyardcyclehire.co.uk

Kirroughtree Mountain Bike Trail Centre, http://www.ibikeride.com/scotland/1637-kirroughtree-mountain-bike-trail-centre, 14,

Trail Conditions

Current at 16th October 2014

Trails: All open.

Conditions: Good

Diversions: The Judgement (between markers 53 and 56). The Twister (between markers 39 and 46). Diversions are in place and may change on a daily basis.

 

 

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