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Glen Trool

  • Off A714 Map It
  • Bargrennan
  • Forest

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

With high purple-and-green hilltops shorn rock-bare by glaciers, and with a dark, winding loch and thickets of birch trees sounding with birdcalls, Glen Trool's setting almost looks more highland than the real Highlands. Note Bruce's Stone, just above the parking lot, marking the site where in 1307 Scotland's champion Robert the Bruce (King Robert I, 1274–1329) won his first victory in the Scottish Wars of Independence. To get here, follow the A714 north from Newton Stewart for about 15 minutes and turn right at the signpost for Glen Trool. A little road leads through increasingly wild woodland scenery to a parking lot. Only after you have climbed for a few minutes onto a heathery knoll does the full, rugged panorama become apparent. Driving is really the only way to get to Glen Trool. From Glasgow, take the A77 (about 2¼ hours). From Edinburgh, take the A702 (about 3 hours).

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Off A714, Bargrennan, Dumfries and Galloway, DG8 6SY, Scotland

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Published 05/04/2017


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