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 .

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Visitor Comments

snowster
01/08/12
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.
Robin
08/05/12
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
11/03/12
Amazing trail...
the best part is at the end where you come flying down the hill back to the park...
Jim Stevenson
24/05/10
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
16/10/09
Only obstacles are 2 gates to open and close behind you!

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Facilities

Catering

Glentrool visitors centre will be open from the 21st March onwards from 10am - 4pm daily.

For more information please contact: 01671 840302.

 

Parking

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.

 

Toilets

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

Bike Hire

There is a bike hire service available from The Breakpad Bike and Outdoor Shop.

Opening Times
March: Thurs - Sun
10am - 4.30pm
April onwards: Mon - Sun
10am - 5pm

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

Tel 01671 401303 or contact www.thebreakpad.com for more details.

 

Kirkcowan Cycles is 7 miles west of Newton Stewart for bike sales, repairs, servicing, parts, accessories and cycle hire.

Opening Times

Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm (Year Round)

Tel 01671 830286

Visit  www.kirkcowancycles.co.uk

www.courtyardcyclehire.co.uk

 

 

Trail Conditions

 Current at 17th April 2014.

Trails: Open with diversions, see below. 

Conditions: Take care as there may be fallen trees - please report to ranger.

Diversions:

We have a diversion on the blue and green trails this is from the start of the trails due to harvesting please follow diversion. This will be in place till the 28/04/2014.

Diversions on the big country trail.

We have harvesting operations near Loch Dee, this is around marker 43. The trail is not closed but please be aware that you might encounter timber wagons on this section of the trail. 
 
We have harvesting moving into the Glentrool area with in the next week or so please expect diversions on the trails.

More Info: contact Ben, the ranger, on 0141 5555 820 for more information.

 

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