Monday, 16 January 2012

Galloway Visitor Centres Project Information

The Galloway Forest Park offers visitor 300 square miles of mixed landscape for visitors to explore.  It offers a wide range of activities including walking, cycling, wildlife, and star gazing.  The Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, hosts two of  the famous 7Stanes mountain bike trails  and the Merrick - south Scotland’s highest peak.

The varieties of activities and events in the Forest Park are supported by three visitor centres.   

Kirroughtree caters for all the family and attracts a range of visitors from experienced mountain bikers, walkers & families to major events throughout the year. 

Offering spectacular views of Clatteringshaw Loch at the heart of the Dark Sky Park.  Clatteringshaw Visitor Centre is the gateway to the park for many visitors. 

The smallest of the Visitor centre Glentrool attracts both cyclists and walkers.  It is both on the 7Stanes cycle route and the Southern Upland Way, as well as being on route to the footpath to the popular Merrick Hill.

Each Visitor centre has it’s own distinct character and appeal, however all three are in need of a well deserved upgrade to meet visitor expectations and requirements. 

The redevelopment will enable us to deliver key themes in the Scottish Forestry Strategy, the ‘Galloway Forest Park - A strategy for 2006 and beyond’ Increase the opportunities for everyone to enjoy visits to the Galloway Forest Park , and help communities to benefit from the forest.
Over 2012 and 2013 Forestry Commission Scotland will be working hard to deliver these well deserved improvements to all three centres as follows:

Kirroughtree as the busiest and oldest of the Visitor Centres, it is to have a brand new purpose built building constructed to house all the visitor facilities including new catering and bike shop facilities.  The existing visitor centre will continue to operate until the new building is complete which is hoped to be around Autumn/Winter 2013

Clatteringshaw will see renovation and redevelopment of the existing building.  Opening up the breathtaking views across the loch from the new restaurant area with large panoramic windows. We hope the work will start in Spring 2013 with the improved centre being open to the public later in 2013

Glentrool is due a minor refurbishment building on the work carried out last winter while at the same time, maintaining the current well loved character,.We hope to commence this work in the Spring of 2013.

While all this upgrading work is taking place disturbance to visitors is inevitably. This page on our website will be kept updated to try and reduce the impact it has on our visitors. Signs around the main locations will also be kept up to date.
In the mean time you are asked to bear with the us  while the works is undertaken. 
We hope that you will agree that the new and improved buildings will be worth the wait and interruption to your normal service!