Balloch Wood, Creetown

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Balloch Wood, Creetown

Balloch Wood offers walkers a relaxing walk through richly varied woodland, full of colour and movement.  A short walk along the village main street, turning left towards Kirkmabreck Parish Church (signposted), and by carrying on up Larg Road, the entrance to the woodland is the first track on the left. The woodland changes so much between the seasons that it’s well worth visiting at any time of the year. Come along and see masses of wildflowers and fungi, emerging pond life, the variety of trees coming into leaf where red squirrels, pine martins, raptors, deer and so much more abound.
The beaten earth trails are clearly signposted, Burnside Trail, Larch Trail, Pond Trail & Oak Trail.

Creehenge, the woodland’s first ‘Point of Legacy’ and interpretation stone circle.  Each granite stone is etched with poems which give a flavour of what to discover within the woodland.  The poems, based on a form of Japanese Haiku, were all written by pupils from Creetown Primary School using the woodland as inspiration…take time to read the poems, sit on the benches and take in the fantastic views across the estuary to Wigtownshire before starting on your walk.

Burnside Trail which mirrors the twists and turns of Balloch Burn will take in a “Chalybeate Well”, where iron deposits turn the water red and Balloch’s classic Scottish burn rushes over waterfalls and cascades down a magnificent gorge. A stopping point, along the way, has been created using an old stone dyke where, if you’re very quiet, red squirrels may come out to play!

Larch Trail has a tranquil and peaceful feel, is easy walking, and is a good haunt for tree creepers and woodpeckers. Both Burnside and Larch Trails come together at the Cardoon Bridge where the Pond Trail starts.

Pond Trail is a more vigorous walk as it starts to climb up towards Larg Hill and meander its way to the fabulous Garrochar Wildlife Ponds.  There are two more ‘Points of Legacy' here.  An Oak Roundhouse and the unique 20ft high, ‘CreeBaby’---can you find it?  The ponds teem with  life and the roundhouse is the perfect place to sit and watch brown trout leap out of the pond to catch flies….This area is a wonderful place to visit at any season and at anytime of the day, there’s always something special to see…For those who cannot walk great distances, there’s a small car park beside the ponds, reached by using the Military Road, so there’s no need to miss out on any of the wonders the ponds have to offer, they are Balloch Wood’s, “Jewel in the Crown”

Oak Trail is reached by crossing over the Military Road towards the drystone dyke entrance to the Oak Trail and walking down towards the Balloch Burn.  There’s a picnic table here, set in the midst of a circle of Rowan Trees, where it’s great to take some time-out and enjoy all the dragon flies, damsel flies, butterflies and a myriad of wildflowers before continuing on your way through predominately broad leaf woodland, which includes, among others, veteran beech and oak. The trail takes you to Glenquicken Moor where there is a choice to either exit here, by turning left towards the village, or to circle back through the woodland to the Garrochar Wildlife Ponds. The trail is fully way-marked.


Creetown Initiative,
St. John Street,
01671 820654
Creetown is sign posted from the A75.  Ample parking within the village.
Regular bus services available.

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