The Palgowan

The Palgowan Stats

Grade: Green - Easy
Distance: 14Km
Singletrack: 10%
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 2 hrs

If you choose the Palgowan route, turn left on to the forest road and head north towards Palgowan and more open countryside. After crossing through a field along a muddy farm track, you'll reach a minor public road which you can follow all the way back to the visitor centre.


However if you have energy to spare, take the climb around Glencaird Hill with superb views. Before entering the trees for a long descent to the quaint village of Glentrool joining up with the public road using the shortcut .

The Trails view grading charts

Visitor Comments

Paul D
If you're looking for roots, rocks, drop-offs and standard trail centre stuff then go to nearby Kirroughtree. But if you're looking for a pleasant 10 mile waymarked off-road loop for whatever reason (we did Glentrool as a 'rest' day inbetween days at Kirroughtree and Mabie), then it's great. Yes, the farm has 10 yards of mud that's best not examined too closely and some of the trails have been used by logging kit (gosh I wonder who owns the land...) but there's some lovely scenery and some fun fireroad blasts. The cafe's great too - far far better than the one at Kirroughtree.
A big contrast to the Blue Route, and sadly, not in a good way. One you leave the common entry track, the route follows a forestry road that has evidently been heavily used lately. Lots of brash and mud. Then another forestry road surfaced with loose stone. A charmless second ascent from Palgowan, again on a forestry road. Two stars for the decent descent and return to base. Not family friendly. Not very bike friendly, either.
Had a great day, last week. The finish to this route is sweet so I went and did it all over again. Enjoy
William Barker
Amazing trail...
the best part is at the end where you come flying down the hill back to the park...
Jim Stevenson
Went with my partner and 7 yr old daughter on Palgowan route. Was a great route apart from when you get to Palgowan farm itself where you have to go through the farmers field where cows are kept. Farmer had been feeding cows down at the bike trail and trail had turned into a quagmire which my partner and daughter got stuck in up to their ankles in muck and cow dung. I had to rescue them from sinking further by lifting them and bikes across the sea of mud. Also, cows wouldn't get out of the way which scared the bejesus out of my daughter. Trail was ok from there to the end. In hindsight was maybe a bit far for my daughter as we did the Glencaird Hill loop near the end.
Bungo Boy
Only obstacles are 2 gates to open and close behind you!

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Glentrool Visitor Centre

Winter opening: weekends only 11am - 3.30pm.

For more information please contact: 01671 840302.



Car parking is available at Glentrool Visitor Centre. Parking costs £1 per hour, £2 for up to 3 hours and £3 for all day.

More than 7 people would be classed as a minibus, which is £12 for a day.



New toilet block now open which is located within the visitor centre.

Bike Hire

Kirkcowan Cycles is in Newton Stewart and offers bike sales, repairs, servicing, parts, accessories and cycle hire.

Opening Times

Mon - Sat 8.30am - 5.30pm (Year Round)
Wed late night opening 8.30am - 8.30pm

 Tel: 01671 401529



The Breakpad Bike and Outdoor Shop

Open daily -
10am -

They offer a wide range of demo and hire bikes, bike sales, with a fully equipped workshop for service and repairs on site.  Bike wash facilities are available. 

Call 01671 401303  for more information



Trail Conditions

Current on Thursday 4th February 2016

Please note: Update - Stroan Bridge is open to cars and bikes only. The visitor centre is open as normal (winter opening hours). Access to Glentrool is restricted due to severe weather-damage to Stroan Bridge. We're continuing to work with the local authority to repair and fully re-open the bridge asap. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Trails: All open.

Conditions:  Please take extra care when high winds are forecast as this could lead to windblown trees across the trail.

Diversions:  Green Palgowan trail - please use shortcut due to operational tree felling work.

Big Country Route: there is likely to be increased forest operation machinery near Loch Dee due to harvesting in that area. Please follow onsite signage.

More Info: contact Ben, the Ranger, on 0300 067 6800.


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