The Garroch Estate is owned by the Roper-Colbeck family and operated by Nic Roper-Colbeck who is pleased to share the extensive network of interconnected footpaths and bridges with the public. Maintenance of footpaths and the Walled Garden is shared with volunteers from LING (Local Initiatives in New Galloway). The deciduous woodland contains a number of areas of Special Scientific Interest, so you are advised to stay on the marked footpaths to avoid causing damage. Some walks are through farmland where you must keep dogs on a lead when passing through. You must also respect any restrictions at lambing season and when shooting is in progress. It is important to leave gates either open or shut as you find them. If you’re with a group, please designate this task to the backmarker.
These walks are subject to use under the terms of the Scottish Access Code. It is important that you familiarise yourself with its provisions, especially section 3 which includes taking responsibility for your own actions. The landowners and the volunteers who keep the paths open do not accept any responsibility for the safety of users or the condition of the paths, bridges and boardwalks which will vary with weather conditions.
The walks range from 30 minutes to 2 hours, but it is possible – once walkers are familiar with the area – to link several walks together to extend the distance. There are extensive views, many burns, lochs and interesting plants so why hurry?
(Car parking at the Walled Garden)
FROM NEW GALLOWAY: Take the A762 north – signposted Ayr A762 (A713). After about 3km turn left onto the first by-road at a 90-degree bend (signposted Glenlee ½, Garroch Glens 3)…
FROM DALRY: Take the A713 (Ayr Road) north through Dalry. About 1km outside the village the road bends sharply left, go over the stone bridge and immediately take the left turn onto the A762. After 1.5km, cross the stone bridge and where the road bends sharply left, turn right (signposted Glenlee 1/2, Garroch Glens 3)…
…BOTH ROUTES: Continue straight on past the power station on the Glenlee road and the Garroch Burn stone bridge.
100 metres later take the rough track on the left leading uphill through woodland, past Ford House off to the left and past the Mill pond (also on the left).
Immediately after the Mill pond, turn left and proceed left again around two sides of the Walled Garden to an open parking area facing a door into the garden.