Heart-Cleft Stane on Mountain Bike Trail1 View from Barclosh Hill looking North2 View to Hestan Isle from Rockcliffe Castle Point Walk3 View of Screel from Rockcliffe Castle Point Walk4 Castle Point Bay5 Cutchers Isle on the Rockcliffe to Sandyhills Coastal Path6 Doach Wood7 Gavin's Loch on Munches Hills8 Looking over Dalbeattie from Munches Hill9 River Urr at the Motte of Urr10 Walk through the woods to Kippford or Colvend11 Walk round Plantain Loch12 Munches Hills in the snow13 River Urr at Palnackie14 View towards Palnackie from Moyle Hill15 Standing Stones in Town Wood car park16 Orchardton Tower17
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Walking in Dalbeattie, maps and downloadable GPX tracks

The first selection of walks in and around Dalbeattie all start from the Bandstand in Colliston Park. There are two nearby car parks; one at the Town Hall and one off John Street (the road to Dumfries), both of which are currently free. So when you return you might like to stroll into Town for a well deserved refereshment stop at one of the many cafés and public houses that serve food. There are also Public Toilets beside the Town Hall car park.
It's fair to say a lot of walkers choose to start their walks from the Town Wood Car Park, and I'll upload some from there in the course of time. The parking is good, there's a picnic area and recently (2015) constructed play area and granite stone sculptures.
But of course, I'm promoting Dalbeattie on this site, so why not start and end your walks in the Town itself and see what the Town has to offer.

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heart cleft stane from colliston park walk length 6.3 miles

Dalbeattie Walks Walking HeartCleft Stane
Walk Dalbeattie to HeartStane
Dalbeattie This walk takes you from the Bandstand in Colliston Park (two nearby carparks at the Town Hall and off John Street {theDaniel}) and at a leisurely pace will take around two hours to complete the round trip. Starting in the Park the route takes you past the Dalbeattie Star football ground alongside the Urr Water (also known as Dalbeattie Burn) before passing the Primary School, crossing Moss Road and entering Dalbeattie Forest at Spycraig.  The walk takes the red route at the start of the Forest and once past Plantain Loch (to your right) follows the Forest roads and tracks to the Heart Cleft Stane.
Having arrived at the Heart Cleft Stane you can retrace your steps or follow the cycle track to the Moyle and back to Dalbeattie from there - this route is shown below.
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 Moyle hill via heart cleft stane from colliston park walk length 7.2 miles

Dalbeattie walks Moyle
Dalbeattie Walks
Dalbeattie This walk - marked here in yellow arrows, continues the Heart Cleft Stane walk using the cycle track to the junction with the path to Moyle hill. Depending how you feel you can turn left up the steep path to Moyle Hill or turn right down the steep hill to rejoin the main forest track that joins Dalbeattie to Kippford and Colvend and return to Dalbeattie (shown in blue)
The short walk to Moyle Hill is steep,  but if you are there on a clear day, the views are stunning. Both North to Dalbeattie and the Galloway Hills and South across the Solway Firth to the Lake District and everythin in between.
This addition to the Heart Cleft Stane walk will add 45 minutes to the round trip, but you may find yourself staying a longer time at Moyle if the weather's nice. A great place for a picnic!
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Rounall Wood from colliston park walk length 1.5 miles

Rounall Wood
Dalbeattie walks
Dalbeattie This walk takes about 45 minutes at a gentle pace and takes in Rounall Wood. The wood is maintained by local volunteers and skirts Dalbeattie golf club. In theory it is accessible to all and I've seen mobility vehicles several times but I've never done the walk with a monility disabled person.
It's a pleasant walk well used by locals and the loop shown takes in the wildlife quarry.  This quarry was gifted to the Town by the Maxwells.
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bar hill from colliston park walk length 1.9 miles

Dalbeattie Walks
Dalbeattie This walk - is more of an "exercise" walk - there is just one view, of Falgunzeon hills and that's quite fleeting.
Having said that it takes you through some lovely woodland and if you are patient you may well see red squirells, deer and other wildlife.
The walk takes about an hour and there is some elevation.
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plantain loch short walk from colliston park walk length 3.8 miles

Plantain Loch walk
Dalbeattie Walks
Dalbeattie This walk takes about an hour at a gentle pace but you may want to spend some time at Plantain Loch where there is seating and nice views of the wildlife on the loch. Plantain Loch is in what is locally known as the Town Wood and is well used by locals for dog walking, recreation and exercise. The path which skirts the Loch has recently been upgraded (July 2015). I recommend doing the walk anti-clockwise as you look at the image as the seating then comes in to play for a rest and maybe some refreshments!
You should be able to see from the image there are variations of this walk, and in the Town Wood the Forestry Commission has three trails starting from the Town Wood car park.
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edingham castle from colliston park walk length 2.2 miles

Dalbeattie Walks
Dalbeattie This relatively short walk takes you along the main road to Edingham. There is a short stretch where there is no path, and you need to cross a field to get to the Castle itself. It is however pretty much flat. If you like Castles, Edingham is small but interesting! Certainly worth a few photos. It is a "there and back" walk but you could carry on down the Caulkerbush road and head back to Dalbeattie via Moss Road. I may do that walk one day...
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dalbeattie reservoir from quarry  length 2.80 miles

dalbeattie reservoir
Dalbeattie Walks
Dalbeattie This walk can be started at the Bandstand like others do, and that will add approximately 3 miles to the round trip. The walk as shown here starts at the Quarry "car park".  Drive out of Dalbeattie towards Castle Douglas and at the trafflc lights take care and go straight over, up the Quarry access road.  Follow up the hill until you see the open area opposite Butterhole Cottage.
The walk is initially along a path climbing upwards through a metal gate into a field. Follow the wall still climbing and then drop down to cross the A745.  TAKE GREAT CARE WHEN CROSSING THE ROAD. Follow the farm access road down until you come to the cottage on your left at a Y junction.  Bear right and follow the farm track up, dog-legging left then right through two farm gates. Climb upwards along the farm road to the open field.  Cross the field and you'll see the reservoir. Follow the paths anti-clockwise round the reservoir. You can follow the reservoir on the West side either inside or outside the dividing fence. If you choose the reservoir side, be careful near water.  Retrace your steps to the Quarry.
The reservoir is a lovely spot for a picnic and children can be taken with care.
2016 - the reservoir has an infestation of American cray - fish and later in the year will be treated to try and remove them.  Please pay careful attention to any warning notices posted for your safety.
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Gavin's Loch walk from dalbeattie quarry walk length 3.6 miles

loch gavin walk
Dalbeattie Walks
Dalbeattie You can do this walk starting at Dalbeattie and taking the Castle Douglas road. At the Quarry Bridge traffic lights take the quarry exit. (If driving continue up the quarry road to a large open area where you can park)
The walk takes you up Munches Hill, which is quite steep and ther is not delineated path through the first fields. The first loop takes you to  a viewpoint to see the views towards the Haugh of Urr and the Reservoir. It's well worth doing.
The walk takes you into the forest and continues to climb to Gavin's Loch, a little gem! Continue past the Loch a short way for the spectacular view over Dalbeattie.

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paddy's line from edingham ind. est. walk length 2.9 miles

Paddy's Line Walk
Dalbeattie Walks
Dalbeattie You can do this walk from Dalbeattie by using the Edingham Castle Walk first and either crossing the field to Edingham Industrial Estate or following the access road. If driving to the start, follw signs for Edingham Industrial Estate and please park safely.
This is a relatively short walk along the old railway track know locally as "Paddy's Line".  There are a couple of gates to climb and the red walk entalis negotiating a fence, so this is not suitable for all walkers.

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doach wood walk length 2.25 miles

doach wood walk
Dalbeattie Walks
Dalbeattie To get to Doach by road, take the A711 towards Castle Douglas from Dalbeattie, and follow it towards Auchencairn, past Palnackie and then the B736. The Forestry signs are about a mile on the left. There is parking but no other facilities.
The track has recently (2015) been improved and starts off pretty much flat until you reach the limit of the wood and have to turn left. The path ascends rapidly and you should take the spur to the viewpoint at the very top. It is well worth it for the views, especially if you strike lucky with the weather.
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cutcher's isle walk length 3.5 miles

Cutcher's Isle
Dalbeattie Walks
Dalbeattie You can get a bus to Rockcliffe or drive and park in the Council Car Park.
The walk is part of the Coastal Path walk and takes in Castle Point, a lovely view point. The first part is relatively flat, and offers lovely views of Rockcliffe, Hestan and Rough Isles, and across the estuary to Screel. You might even see the Isle of Man in the distance!
The second part is more challenging (from Castle Point) but Cutcher's Isle is a magical bay and a great picnic spot on a nice day.
The Coastal Walk continues to Sandyhills and will be shown in following updates.

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muckle walk from Kippford car park walk length 3.1 miles

Muckle Walk
Dalbeattie Walks
Dalbeattie You can get a bus to Rockcliffe or drive and park in the Council Car Park.
Muckle Walk takes you through pleasant forest on the forest tracks until you reach a fantastic viewpoint for views over the Solway Firth towards Cumbria. While most of the walk is on well-maintained forest roads, the route back from the viewpoint is more challenging albeit all downhill.

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kennick burn from car park (nr. laurieston) walk length 1 mile

Kennick Burn
Dalbeattie Walks
Dalbeattie Kennick Burn is a mile long walk through forest with half the walk alongside the Kennick Burn (River).  From Laurieston take the "C" road towards Gatehouse of Fleet and find Parking about a mile on the left

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waterloo monument from new abbey car park walk length 2.6 miles

Waterloo Monument
Dalbeattie Walks
Dalbeattie The walk to Waterloo Monument is strenuous - the second half being a steep incline. My version starts from the car park next to Sweetheart Abbey in New Abbey. There's a tearoom, pub and shops in the Village (check opening times). Walk through the Village past the Abbey Arms to the Pond and foillow the signs from there. On a clear day the views from the Monument are spectacular. The GPX track has the route up.  You can retrace your steps back down.  Take care on this walk.

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