SWT Stenhouse Wood Reserve Tynron

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SWT Stenhouse Wood Reserve Tynron

Stenhouse Wood is an ancient woodland of ash, wych elm and oak that climbs up the side of the Shinnel Glen near Tynron, mid-Nithsdale, and supports a rich flora and fauna. Red squirrel, pied flycatcher and toothwort are amongst some of the more unusual things found here.

  • Notable animal species: Roe deer, red squirrel, willow tit, wood warbler, spotted flycatcher, little grebe and tawny owl.
  • Rare plants: adder’s tongue fern and toothwort.

Best In: May to Sep for woodland wildflowers and all year for red squirrels. 


1 mile west of Tynron which is 5 miles west of Thornhill, in Mid-Nithsdale.

Post Code: DG3 4LD.

Grid Reference: NX 795 930.

GPS Co-ordinates:      latitude - 55.217763

                                    Longitude - -3.8910055

How to get there

By car: from Thorhill follow the A702 for about 4 miles, through Penpont, to the signposted right fork to Tynron.  Park in the car park of the community hall in Tynron and walk over the bridge and right for about ½ mile to Shinnel Glen then a further ¼ mile into the glen to the entrance to the wood.  Or drive up to the wood and park on the grass by the reserve sign, or in the long layby beside the road, but note that the road is narrow at this point & turning difficult.

By bus service: 212 from Thornhill and Penpont offers a limited service to Tynron Monday to Saturday. 

By cycle / on foot: Tynron and Shinnel Glen are easily accessible by bicycle from Penpont on quiet country lanes.  Tynron is divided from nearby Moniaive by the noriously steep and winding Tynron Hill road which is not for the faint-hearted.


An unsurfaced path is maintained through the reserve which is steep and uneven in places.


Scottish Wildlife Trust

Galloway Centre Secretary: Graham Smith

Tel: 01644 420 881

Email:  grahamsmith3@tiscali.co.uk

Website: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

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