Carstramon Wood and River Trails

Mid Valley Trails 

Carstramon Wood.
There are parking bays close to where the road turns left to cross the River Fleet and just before the no-through-road sign.

 

Fields and River Walk
From Carstramon Wood turn left down towards the bridge.
Turn left at the footpath sign when you have crossed the river, following a path that runs parallel to the river opening into a large field. Here there is ancient semi-natural woodland, a remnant of the pre-enclosure landscape.
At the far end of the field where the river bends, walk by the river until it flows away on into woodland and the path climbs up the hill. Follow it up to the road.
Climb over the stile and turn right and walk along the road. Higher fields lead to moorland on the left.
Follow the road to the right turning back down the hill to bring you back to the starting point.

Woodlands walk
Follow the road past the no-through-road sign and past Castramont House, until the roads forks. Take the right fork (pretty much straight on) and then turn right, following the path up the hill.
When you reach Point 6 (and a bench – 15 minutes from start) turn right and continue climbing until the path levels out. Follow the path along the ridge. This beautiful path takes you through the heart of the Wood, crossing three streams.(If you wish to climb out onto the hillside beyond, a path leads left out of the Wood after the first stream). After the third stream the path continues on until the hill rises sharply in a kind of crest or mound. Follow the path as it curves right round to the right and then (point 3) goes down the hill. The path wends it way down the hill until you reach the road and the parking spot.

Special Places

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.  

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.  

Dundrennan Abbey


Dundrennan Abbey
12th century Cistercian Abbey.  Beautiful fragments of a fine building in a pituresque location. Historic Scotland: Read more.  

Carsluith Castle


Carsluith Castle
Another local castle to the west of Gatehouse, a 16th century towerhouse, very well preserved and in the care of Historic Scotland. Historic Scotland:read more.  


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