Road: Carrick Forest Drive
|[Loch Gower, midway along the route]|
This ten kilometre driving route allows visitors to explore an otherwise remote part of Galloway Forest Park between Loch Doon and the outflow for Loch Bradan, making use of private logging tracks owned by the Forestry Commission. There used to be a charge for the two-way track but this seems to have been dropped (and the Forestry Commission should probably fill in some of the potholes before thinking about charging again - we found it OK in a normal vehicles but inadvisable for those with low ground clearance). If you're used to dramatic hill walks to Munro summits, you may be a little disappointed; if not, the expanses of brooding forest broken up by quiet lochs may be just the ticket. All (nearly) without leaving your car.
|[The viewpoint for Loch Riecawr on the Forest Drive also has a small adventure playground]|
Name: Carrick Forest Drive ★★☆☆☆
Location (west entrance): Minor road end, southwest bank of Loch Doon, G.R.: NX 482945 / intention summer suspended
Anything else? The public road east from Stinchar Bridge, which might otherwise be a possible access point for (or escape route from!) the rough forest drive, is littered with serious potholes. Impassable for normal cars in its 2015 state - we speak from experience.
Distance: 10 km / 6 miles
Type of road: Gravel track with some potholes
Open (2017): May to October
Cost (2017): £2 per car - pay at Roundhouse Cafe on Loch Doon
|[Carrick Lane burn, towards the eastern end of the route]|