The trail is a great way to explore scenic, inner Galloway while looking for the spectacular red kite, a bird of prey reintroduced here since 2001. A 24 mile circular road trip, open all year round (plus 14 mile summer trail in Galloway Forest Park).
Mary Queen of Scots spent her last hours on Scottish soil in this Cistercian abbey founded by David I. Built in c12th. the abbey stands in a small secluded valley, its remoteness in keeping with the strict rules of the Cistercian abbey.