Explore the Biosphere Routes

There is no one place that demonstrates how the UNESCO Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere designation helps inspire a positive future and so a series of Biosphere itineraries have been developed. Each route helps you explore the UNESCO Biosphere where you can discover nature and landscapes as well as the big Biosphere ideas of conservation, learning and development.

Loch Doon and Carrick Forest Drive

Loch Doon & Carrick Drive-MAP

This is a two-way route about 11 miles long linking Loch Doon with Stinchar Bridge.

Attractions include the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Ness Glen, Osprey viewing at the Roundhouse cafe, Loch Doon Castle, Rosenes Benches and a walk up to Cornish Hill.

A printer friendly version of the leaflet is available here; Loch Doon & Carrick Drive Print Version

Loch Trool and the Cree Valley


This is a two-way route about 14 miles long linking Loch Trool with Newton Stewart using the quiet Wood of Cree road.

Attractions include the walk up the Merrick, Bruce’s Stone, Glentrool Village Art and Crafts shop, Rosnes Benches and ancient oak woodlands.

A printer friendly version of the leaflet is available here; Loch Trool & Cree Valley Print Version

Loch Ken and the River Dee

G&SAbio-LochKen-MAPThis is a circular route about 35 miles long starting and finishing at Castle Douglas.

Attractions include osprey viewing and castle at Threave, wet woodlands at the Ken-Dee marshes, old grave yards, Catstrand arts venue and Galloway Activity Centre.

A printer friendly version of the leaflet is available here:

Loch Ken & River Dee Print Version