Enjoy panoramic views of the loch and hills from the café or sit back for a spectacular celestial show after dark
The visitor centre overlooks tranquil Clatteringshaws Loch, a haven for waterbirds in summer, and beyond to the rolling Galloway Hills. On a clear day, look out for the mighty Merrick, highest hill in the Southern Uplands. Soak up the stunning views or meander beside the loch to the historic Bruce's Stone, one of two stones dedicated to the Scottish king in the Forest Park. This is also one of the best places to enjoy the night sky – the visitor centre overlooks the darkest part of the Forest Park, which ensures a particularly dramatic stellar show.
Rest and recharge
You'll find toilets and accessible facilities at our welcoming, cosy café, which is run by Galloway Lodge. It's the perfect place to stop for a warming cuppa and delicious bite to eat, plus you can pick up the perfect souvenir of your visit from our small selection of gifts.
Winter opening times: 10am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays (daily from March 2015).
There are alternative toilets, shops and places to eat and drink at nearby New Galloway – and don't miss its community and visitor centre, the Catstrand.Car parking charges
Please note, parking charges are as follows:
£1 for up to 1 hour
£2 for up to 3 hours
£3 for all day
£12 for minibus and coach all day
Season passes are also available. For more information please contact us.