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Galloway Kite Trail

All year round

  • Binoculars and telescopes for hire
  • Staff on hand to help
  • Refreshments available
  • Parking
  • Toilets
Red kite over mountains

Image: Nigel Blake

We're back. And this time, we're staying.

We'll be wheeling silently overhead while you're enjoying a cracking adventure on the spectacular Galloway Kite Trail.

Not to blow our own trumpets, but we're quite impressive, with wingspans almost as wide as you are tall, and legendary aerial antics.

We haven't been around for that long – in fact, we were absent for over 130 years, but thanks to our RSPB friends and their partner organisations, the future looks pretty good for us from up here.

As well as watching our graceful flight, the scenery on the trail is pretty impressive. You'll also encounter a range of other birds, mammals and wild flowers that make this area their home, including ospreys and red squirrels. You might even see kestrels, buzzards and ravens.

At the feeding station, there's a small admission charge for adults, but children go free.

Visitor comments

Wonderful experience.

Miss R. Payne from Cumbria

Fantastic – well worth the visit. Will come back.

Mr and Mrs Dawe from Staffordshire

Amazing views of the birds.

Mrs A. Palmieri from Conwy

Wonderful to see – thanks for the excellent commentary.

Mrs A. Wright from Australia

Fantastic sight. Well worth visiting. Awesome.

Mrs McCrae

When can you see us?

The trail is open all year.

Thanks to Anne Johnstone, you can also see us close-up from a viewing centre at Bellymack Hill Farm feeding station, where a small amount of food is put out daily at 2 pm to attract us, so that's a great time to visit.

The farm is open from noon - 4 pm all year.

What's at the site?

Refreshments and accommodation are available at selected sites along the trail, such as Clatteringshaws visitor centre, as are toilets. The centre at Bellymack Hill Farm also has a cafe and small souvenir shop.

How to find us

To access the trail, follow the A75 to Castle Douglas (west of Dumfries) then take the northbound A713, following brown tourist road signs. From Ayr to the north, follow the A713 to New Galloway and again follow the signs. The Galloway Kite Trail follows the A713 along the east of Loch Ken, the A762 to the west and B795 to the south.

Bellymack Hill Farm (red kite feeding station) is situated on the B795 east of Laurieston (please note that the farm is not directly signposted). Ken Dee marshes (RSPB reserve) parking at the Mains of Duchrae.

Each viewpoint on the trail is signposted where there is suitable parking.

What should I bring?

Stout footwear and wet weather clothing is recommended. Although some binoculars and telescopes are available at the feeding station, please bring your own if you have them. Food and accommodation providers are also indicated on the trail and have a Galloway Kite Trail logo prominently displayed.

Still got some questions?

Telephone: 01556 670464
E-mail: dumfriesandgalloway@rspb.org.uk

This date has been brought to you with the help of Forestry Commission Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Anne Johnstone of Bellymack Hill Farm. The post involves a Sulwath Connections Community Liaison Officer, part funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, the RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage.

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