A fabulous dog walk through woodland and around a scenic loch.
There's history too, as this is where Robert the Bruce and 300 men gave an English army (of 1,500 men) a comprehensive thrashing with a clever ambush that plunged many of the English soldiers in the the waters of the lake. A short detour off the walk will take you to Bruce's Stone - a big granite boulder that commemorates the battle.
At the visitor centre: shop, information, picnic area and WCs.
At the car park by the bridge: free parking
This is quite a long walk: walking boots and waterproofs essential.
From the car park, follow the green waymarkers leading to the Southern Upland Way. This will take you along the southern side of the loch.
Pass Caldons House, and notice the trees around you - these are a tiny remnant of the ancient woodlands that once covered Glen Trool.
Carry on uphill into conifers until you reach the head of the Loch. At the bridge, leave the Southern Upland Way to bear left to follow the northern shores of the loch.
Continue through Buchan and Glenhead woods until you come to a car park - there are signs here for the detour to see Bruce's Stone.
From this car park, there are waymarkers back to your starting point and car park.
All around here is fantastic dog walking country, and the visitor centre has a lot of useful info about more walking routes and the local area. You'll also find post walkies tea and cakes here.
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Edited: 27th March 2020. The details of this listing may have changed, and though the Driving with Dogs team do our best to confirm the accuracy of every listing, we cannot guarantee that the details are fully up to date and accurate. If you know that any aspect of this listing is incorrect, please suggest an edit to let us know.