Friday, 5 July 2013

It's Really Happening!

If you have visited Kirroughtree recently you may have noticed that your New Visitor Centre is really taking shape.  The newly formed car park is now in use and there is a viewing area for you to watch the ongoing works to the new centre. We hope you will appreciate the work that has been completed and the work that is yet to be done. 

We are also pleased to announce that as from Friday 06 July the existing visitors centre will reopen until the completion of the New Visitor Centre.  Barry and Jennifer Turnbull of the Stables Tearoom at Palnure will be providing a range of drinks and food to all visitors both new and existing.  We hope you will take time to pay them a visit where you will recieve a warm welcome and a range of menu items to choose from.

The existing visitor centre will be open throughout the season at the following times:

Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm

Saturday & Sunday 9am to 6pm

Please note that last orders for food is 30mins before close.

If you require some more strenuous activity during your visit why not visit the Breakpad where you can hire or purchase a range of bikes and equipment.
We hope to see you all very soon.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Steelwork at Kirroughtree

If you managed to make the most of the dry bright weather over the Easter weekend to visit Galloway Forest Park you may have been suprised to see the current works that are underway at all of our three visitor centres. 

Due to the works on site at Kirroughtree the ever popular Easter event will be held slightly later than usual on Friday 12 April, 13.00 till 15.00, don't forget your decorated egg!!

Kirroughtree will offer those less frequent visitors to site the opportunity to see how much progress has been made in spite of the recent bout of bad weather.   The new visitor centre's foundations have been layed and the first floor steel works have now been constructed.

You can also find further information on the development of all of our three visitor centres by popping into our very own onsite Bulletin Box!

Thursday, 21 March 2013


 If you are a regular visitor to Glentrool you may have noticed that the visitor centre is no longer accessible to our visitors. 

Work to Glentrool started this week and as you can see from the pictures, work is progressing at full steam.  The new layout of the toilet facilities is taking shape; and the initial plumbing and electrical works have been completed. 

Work at Kirroughtree is also progressing very well, the foundations have been prepared ready for the steel works which are due on site any day!! 

The new car park is also nearing completion we have to admit that it is looking a whole lot better! 

The new access road is due for completion very shortly and as the construction of the building takes shape, we will continue to inform you of the progress here on the blog and at our on site 'Bulletin Box' at Kirroughtree; further information can also be found on our website here.

Thank you for your continued patience whilst work at Glentrool, Clatteringshaws and Kirroughtree is being done, we hope you will continue to enjoy Galloway Forest Park and all it has to offer!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

and The Winner is.........

Thank you!   For all your suggestions for a name for our construction worker, who has been keeping all our visitors to our Bulletin Box up to date on the development of the project.

We received some very good suggestions; however one name proved to be very popular!

“Construction Claire”

Thank you again to all who suggested names for her!

Monday, 11 March 2013

It's all change at Clatteringshaws

As you can see from the images Clatteringshaws visitor centre is undergoing some major changes.  We hope you will bear with us whilst these changes are underway.  We guarantee the end result will be well worth the wait! 

The view over Clatteringshaws Loch from the new larger windows will be absolutely stunning!  Where better to enjoy a nice relaxing snack and hot drink!

Whilst the external changes are obvious from the images taken of Clatteringshaws visitor centre; work is also underway internally,  work has now been started on the large wood burner that is to provide heating for the centre as well as being a 'homely' focal point of the centre. 

Don't forget that work is also underway at our other visitor centres within Galloway Forest Park!  Information can be found via our facebook page, twitter and of course our on site Bulletin Box at Kirroughtree.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Whats my name??

Can you help?

We are looking for a name for our Forestry Commission Scotland construction character.

She is friendly, approachable and extremely knowledgeable about what’s going on in Galloway Forest Park in particular the Visitor Centres Project!


However, she now needs a name to go on her new name badge, can you help?



If you have any suggestions you would like us to consider, please leave your comment, alternatively why not pay a visit to our onsite bulletin box at Kirroughtree!

Monday, 18 February 2013

A great day for all!

You may have some familiar faces in last Friday's Galloway Gazette.  P7 pupils at Peninghame School, Robertson Construction, Construction Skills and Forestry Commission Scotland Staff joined forces to construct a 4m x 4m x 4m giant tetrahedron

The giant tetrahedron is a fun for all activity which uses aspects of maths and science as well as teaching the importance of team working.  Starting with just 6 wooden dowels each, the group learned to work together as a team to construct the 4 metre high structure - far bigger than anyone could have completed by themselves!

All in all a great day was had by all!