For November’s edition of Walk of the Month, we’re heading to Clatteringshaws in Dumfries and Galloway for a trail named by Visit Scotland as one of the ten most spectacular winter walks in the country. Located in the heart of the Galloway Forest Park, Clatteringshaws Loch is a tranquil haven that’s perfect for a frosty winter stroll.
This 3.5 mile walk is suitable for most people with waymarked paths and only a gentle uphill climb. It should take around two hours to complete and there’s plenty of parking if you want to drive to the route. Whilst you’re in the area, visit the interactive wildlife exhibition in the Clatteringshaws visitor centre to see the wide variety of wildlife you could encounter on your walk.
The walk begins in the car park at the Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre. Before you begin, make sure you take a lochside detour to Bruce’s Stone. This is said to be the site where Robert the Bruce rested after his victory against the English in the Battle of Trool in 1307.
After your detour, head back to the car park. Walk along to the main road, cross it and take the track opposite to walk across the open field. Climb the style at the beginning of the forestry.
Continue along the forest track with a felled area on your right. At the first junction, continue straight ahead but at the second junction, turn right following the white marker post heading uphill. This route continues to climb Benniguinea but before you reach the summit, take a right onto a marked path. Head down through the trees and you will eventually emerge at a turning area on a forestry track. Head to the right down the forestry track.
Soon, this track will reach the track you took earlier. Turn left here to return to the stile and retrace the route back over the open field to the road and the visitor centre. There’s a lovely café at the visitor centre which boasts spectacular loch views and serves delicious food- the perfect reward for after your walk!
To view the full route map, click here.
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