This Forestry Scotland woodlands can be found beside the town of Dalbeattie, in Dumfries and Galloway. The best place for those hoping to explore these forests on foot is to park at the Dalbeattie Town Wood car park. This is a free car park, postcode: DG5 4QX.

This forest has so many wonderful things for children to explore, whether you are after a short one mile walk or a more strenuous explore through the top of the forest, there is something for everyone. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the sculptures dotted around the forest, or the adventure playground hiding within the trees!

Dalbeattie is renowned amongst the 7stanes trail centres for its fantastic mountain biking trails, our children are still a little too young to make the most of these trails. However if you have older children who are keen mountain bikers then this is certainly the place for you!

The sculpture marking the start of the walk.

The Birch Trail.

In the forest!

Walking Trails:

On this occasion we decided to explore the Birch Trail, this is a short one mile route through a wide, firm gravel surface. This made it ideal for our pushchair. The Birch Trail (white route) is clearly marked throughout the trail, look out for the granite sculptures and the adventure playground!

Other trails that are possible here are:

The Plantain Loch Trail: A 2 mile walk on a mostly firm, gravel surface. This is a more strenuous way that sees you walk along the shores of Plantain Loch. A fantastic walk for those that enjoy exploring the woods, hunting out water and spotting many different wildlife!

The Quarry Trail: A 2.5 mile route heading through the top of the forest in search of Dalbeattie’s quarrying heritage. A strenuous walk with mostly firm gravel tracks. Again, look out for the sculptures and the adventure playground as you finish this trail.

Please note we have not tested the Plantain Loch or the Quarry Trail with our off road pushchair, if you have done so and it is doable with a pram please do leave a comment below.

The Birch Trail.

Outdoor Adventure Playground.

Outdoor Adventure Playground.

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