Galloway Forest Park
Coach Trips: Galloway Forest Park
The south of Scotland holds many secrets. The region of Galloway includes a massive area of forest called Galloway Forest Park. This Student Tours Scotland trip takes you to the very heart of the park and to several of it's hidden sights. The park itself was recently granted the accolade of 'Dark Sky Park' due to the clearness of the sky at night and lack of light pollution. The region is home to a wide range of animals and saw some of the most exciting moments of Scottish history. This Student Tours Scotland trip aims to give you as much of an insight into the area as possible.
Photos from Previous "Galloway Forest Park" Tours
May 2012: HERE
October 2012: HERE
May 2013: HERE
Village of Glentrool
The Village of Glentrool lies tucked away off the main road through the Western Section of Galloway Forest Park. A set of rapids runs past the vistor centre and the walks around the area are some of the nicest in the park. If you're lucky you'll get the chance to see some deer roaming close by as well! Robert the Bruce, former King of Scotland played a large role in shaping the history of Scotland and it all happened in Glentrool. Student Tours Scotland will take you into some of the forest for some tales as well!
Lying almost at the centre of the Forest Park is the town of Newton Stewart. The town lies on the banks of the River Cree and is the main town of the Machars area of Scotland. This tour stops here over lunchtime allowing for some walks along the riverside and town itself. We will stop here on this Student Tours Scotland trip for a lunch break.
Murray's Monument and Waterfall
The monument at the top of the hill in the Eastern half of Galloway Forest Park has long held the imagination of children across Scotland. Perched at the summit of a hill overlooking much of the Eastern side of the park it commemorates a local man who was skilled in Oriental Languages. Nearby is one of many waterfalls referred to as Grey Mares Tail. As the water flows over the rocks above you get a unique sense of peace. It's very different from city life here and Student Tours Scotland is proud to be able to share it with you.
Clatteringshaws Loch and Bruce Stone
Clatteringshaws is a man made Loch in the Eastern Side of the Forest Park. The massive dam on it's west side dwarfs everyone who visits it. Nearby is a visitor centre with paths leading to the Bruce Stone. Legend states that Robert the Bruce rested here before moving on to Glentrool for his historic battle. You'll have plenty of time on this Student Tours Scotland walk to visit all the sites nearby.
The golden rule with every Student Tours Scotland trip is to have fun. No exceptions. To do this you will need to take some information into account. Remember that Scotland has ‘interesting’ weather. It can be beautifully sunny one minute and then raining the next. It can be cold in the morning but warm in the afternoon. Every day is different. You need to be prepared. Always dress for the rain and the cold. Wear good shoes or at least a pair you are comfortable in. You can always leave things on the coach if the weather allows.
Remember your camera. The scenery in Scotland is among the most beautiful in the world. You won’t want to miss out on those precious memories.
If you have a smartphone or device with internet access remember to bring it with you. There will be social media competitions along the way.
Most importantly stay safe. Listen to your guide. You are responsible for keeping yourself safe when out and about. If you follow the advice and signs then you will be sure to have fun.