Wood of Cree

Walking Route

Wood of Cree


Circular woodland walk. 3.5km/2 miles - allow 1½ hours. Covers beaten earth and hard surface path, track and steps.

Stout shoes or boots recommended.

From Newton Stewart, follow signs to Minnigaff then to the Wood of Cree RSPB Nature Reserve. The car park is on your left after 6.5km/4miles. There is an interpretation board with a map here. From the car park, cross the road to reach the start of the walks. The Scrubland Trail, described here, incorporates most of the shorter Woodland Trail.

From the interpretation board, follow the path uphill to reach a waymarker for the Woodland Trail. Follow the Cordorcan Burn past a series of waterfalls rushing down through steep gorges they have created over thousands of years. The Wood of Cree, thought to date back over 5000 years to the last ice age, is the largest remaining ancient woodland in southern Scotland. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife and particular specialities are pied flycatcher, redstart and wood warbler. Continue to follow signs for the Woodland Trail until you come to a junction where the two trails split. From here, follow signs for the Scrubland Trail through more varied woodland with open scrub and stands of mature trees. Since the establishment of the reserve in 1984, some conifers have been removed and natural regeneration of the woodland has been encouraged. The resulting diversity encourages a host of plants and animal including Scotch argus butterflies in summer. In springtime the woodland floor shimmers with a thick carpet of bluebells. These are characteristic of old woodlands and flourish particularly well in the damp woodlands of western Galloway.

2mi / 3.5km
Total climb:
361ft / 110m
Total descent:
361ft / 110m
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What you'll see

RSPB Wood of Cree - Newton Stewart

Animals & Wildlife

The largest ancient wood in southern Scotland.