From the Glentrool visitor centre a series of well signposted walks alongside the river and through woodland can be taken. Short walks, long walks and then a break at the visitor centre tearoom.  

Parking at the top of Loch Trool you will see Bruces Stone which marks a battle between Robert the Bruce and some soldiers from south of Carlisle. The resulting overwhelming win from Bruce and his men is now history.

It should be noted for any visitors that the locals have calmed down now and a warm welcome awaits all who visit this beautiful area. 

3 miles south of Brigton on the A714 is Penninghame Forest with walks around the loch and into the surrounding woodland. There are car parking facilities.

Brigton But n Bens

A favourite walk  for locals and visitors alike meander the course of the River Minnoch to the Roman Bridge.

Starting at the car park at the top of the Wood of Cree road a pleasant walk can be had, returning on the opposite riverbank.

Good walking boots and a head for heights on top of the bridge is advised.

Cyclists are well catered for with the local testing tracks at Kirroughtree and Glentrool.

The 7stanes cycle route passes  the farm road end. Cyclists can join the 7stanes track at the local Glentrool visitor centre for a strenuous days cycling or the less arduous 2 hour route around Loch Trool.


The above view is of Loch Ochiltree one of many good trout lochs in the area. Day tickets and information can be had from the well stocked angling shops in Newton Stewart


Golfers have the choice of five nine or eighteen hole golf courses to choose from in the area with degrees of difficulty equal on Links or Parkland grass.

The Merrick at 843 metres dominates the skyline around the head of loch trool and the route to the summit starts from the car park at Bruces stone. There are various routes to the summit, some more testing than others but most start from this point.

On a clear day the view from the top takes a lot of beating and breathing ?. But well worth the effort.

Self catering Holiday Cottages

4 miles south from Brigton on the Wood of Cree Road is the popular Wood of Cree Nature Reserve.

This is the largest area of ancient oak woodland in southern Scotland. Woodland and moorland walks with a chance to see otters in the adjoining loch makes this a must visit when in the area.  Free Car parking available.

A few yards from the cottages a quiet walk beside the River Minnoch can be had,  with the wildlife and sheep the only welcome distraction.