Walks

Gatehouse of Fleet offers unrivalled opportunities for all sorts of walks. There are easily accessed walks starting from the town centre car park and from historic Cardoness Castle. There are trails of varying length through the beautiful Cally Oak Woods and Carstramon Wood. There are walks to the sea and across open country within the Fleet Valley National Scenic Area, as well as longer walks in the surrounding hills.

 

Walks in and around Gatehouse of Fleet 

 

Gatehouse of fleet offers a wide variety of walks at all times of the year. In February snowdrops carpet the Cally Oak Woods and are a foretaste of spring. Soon there will be daffodils and bluebells, when Carstramon Wood is a sea of shimmering blue. On summer’s days the woodlands provide shady walks and the hills are fragrant with the scent of heather. Autumn brings a riot of colour and in winter new vistas open up.

Short Walks 

 

From the car park in the town centre there are easy access walks offering views of the wildlife around the river Fleet. A new  walk to Cardoness Castle from Port McAdam along the riverside is also suitable for wheel chair access.

Slightly longer walks 

 

From the Car Park and from the Murray Information Centre in Cally Oak Woods signed trails lead through the woods. There are also longer walks up the Fleet Valley and through Carstramon Wood. Longer walks also lead to the sea at Sandgreen and Carrick shore.

Carstramon Wood

Hill Walks 

 

The Clints of Dromore, in the words of Dorothy L Sayers; “the gate of the wilderness and the guardian barrier of the Fleet” offer spectacular views down the valley of the Fleet and access to the rugged Cairnsmore of Fleet.  This area is best accessed from the Dromore Visitor Centre managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.

The Gatehouse Walks Booklet

 

A brand new booklet has been produced with details of a series of walks in and about Gatehouse of Fleet.  The booklet, which contains maps, photographs and accompanying text on 7 different walks, is available locally at the Mill on the Fleet and the Kiosk.  It can also be downloaded from here as a pdf document.

The National Scenic Area has published two small brochures for the viewpoints at Knockbrex and Knocktinkle. They can be downloaded as pdfs here.

Knockbrex Viewpoint

Knocktinkle Viewpoint


 

Walkhighlands

For further walking information with detailed itineraries for walks around Gatehouse and across Galloway (and indeed the whole of Scotland), check out the excellent walkhighlands site:

Click here

 

 

Special Places

Bluebells


Bluebells
During the early summer the woodlands around Gatehouse are carpeted with bluebells.  Both Castramont and Cally Woods are particularly popular for viewing them. More.  

Caerlaverock


Caerlaverock Castle
One of Scotland's greatest medieval castles - about an hour away, south of Dumfries.  Can be combined with a visit to Sweetheart Abbey, the New Abbey Cornmill, (both also Historic Scotland), Caerlaverock Bird Reserve, or The National Museum of Costume at New Abbey. Historic Scotland:read more.
 

Cairnholy


Cairnholy
There are two burial sites at Cairnholy dating from Neolithic times, both very well preserved and commanding fine views over Wigtown Bay.  Cairnholy I is notable for the impressive facade, in front of which, archaeological evidence suggests, ceremonies took place.  More.  

The Bakehouse


The Bakehouse
Formerly a bakery, and still featuring the original oven, the Bakehouse in the High Street is an arts venue promoting the literary arts live.  Poetry readings and associated events take place most months.  More.  

Beaches


Fantastic Beaches
The tide goes out a long way across the Fleet Bay opening up huge expanses of sandy beach. Sandy bays are to be found at Cardoness, Mossyard, Sandgreen and Carrick.  More.  


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