Back in November 2019, we decided to take Polly, our camper van and do some touring of Scotland, initially around the Dumfries area, then we’d see where Polly would take us. We were also on the hunt for, not only some great walking, but some good mountain biking trails.
Our first Brit Stop seemed to be just a car park off the beaten track in Caerlaverock, near Dumfries. It was late and very dark so we didn’t really know what our surroundings were. Little did we know that we’d stumbled upon a beautiful nature reserve. I wrote about this here, where I also explain what Brit Stops are.
From there we were heading towards Newton Stewart, then north toward Galloway Forest, in search of a mountain biking trail we’d heard of at Kirroughtree.
After only a few hours driving and of course the enjoyment of Scotlands beautiful
scenery we found ourselves pulling up at Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre. A quick tour around the centre familiarised us with what was on offer and we were excited. There were various walks around the forest and what looked like a great mountain biking course, in fact it was one of the 7 Stanes courses, which in the mountain biking world are well sought after as they are award winning trails, eight to be precise, dotted around south Scotland and you don’t have to be an expert to ride them as they have varying skill levels within each trail. Jon was happy, I was happy and the dogs were so excited as they were first on the list to enjoy a big long walk and explore in the forest.
We set off walking one of the harder trails of the forest and it didn’t take us long before we were walking in what seemed to be an enchanted magical mysterious forest, as everything was covered in moss. It was so very still, quite eerie, and stunning in a strange kind of way. It was a fantasy story waiting to be written, my mind was running wild with fairies and goblin’s. Continue reading “Exploring Kirroughtree Forest”