Castle Kennedy to Bargrennan

Walking Route

Castle Kennedy to Bargrennan


This route is one of 12 sections of the Southern Upland Way. After leaving the tranquil grounds of Castle Kennedy Gardens you soon start to climb up towards the wild landscape of Glenwhan Moor.

Cutting around the edge of the forest you have views on one side and woodland on the other. Leaving the woodland you soon come to a small road and here you have a choice. Following the road takes you to New Luce where there is a small shop and somewhere to stay the night. Continuing along the path will take you to the Caves of Kilhern, a chambered cairn on a remote moor.

From here the route passes through farmland and into Killgallioch Forest. If you want to spend a night out in the wilderness with epic views and incredible starry skies then the Beehive Bothy is here for you.

A short while after the Bothy you will come across the ancient Laggangarn Standing Stones in a clearing in the forest. A bit further still and you start the ascent to Craig Airie Fell. This is the first real summit of the route and the views over the surrounding land are amazing.

There is now a long descent through the forest until we come back onto farmland and moor for the last bit of the journey. At Bargrennan is an excellent pub and a campsite and what more do you need.

26.5mi / 42.5km
Total climb:
2,427ft / 740m
Total descent:
2,329ft / 710m
Towns along route:
Castle Kennedy, Bargrennan
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What you'll see

Castle Kennedy

Towns & Villages

Castle Kennedy is a small village, 3 miles east of Stranraer.


Towns & Villages

Bargrennan is a village which sits on the River Cree and is located 9 miles northwest of Newton Stewart.