Galloway Forest

Galloway Forest

The beautiful village of Barr offers attractive scenery with varied activities and accommodation.

As part of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO biosphere transition area we also have excellent quality dark skies situated in the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park area.

Many and varied trails cater for all ages and abilities, from a gentle ambling woodland stroll to more adventurous hikers or mountain bikers linking up with the Galloway Forest.

There are many hills of interest to hill-walkers within easy reach of the village, with forestry tracks of varying ease and difficulty for mountain bikers. Road cyclists can enjoy the challenge of Barr’s ‘screws’ and undulating roads. See article in ‘CYCLIST‘ magazine

Popular fishing spots are accessible with a permit and an abundance of fine flora and fauna enhance the stunning natural beauty of the Stinchar valley. 

Glorious views in every direction reward the effort of all who make pilgrimage and the village shop now offers refreshments and snacks daily. Also, on occasional Sundays between Easter and September the famed Barr Teas, run by volunteers in the village hall, offers a welcome afternoon tea with delicious traditional home baking and jams. 

black grouse

black grouse

A wealth of wildlife finds sanctuary around Barr and if you are lucky you will see red squirrels, deer, nuthatches, woodpeckers, kingfishers and leaping salmon, to name but a few.

Scotland’s open gardens scheme is celebrated in fine examples around Barr, with keen gardeners displaying glorious colour and assorted planting for visitors to enjoy.



Ayrshire Burners Cycling  for leisure cyclists  —  no pressure

Ayrshire Alps  for road cyclists

Glen Trool Information  local Galloway forestStinchar Valley North

Kirroughtree  7 Stanes mountain biking  

Ayrshire  Paths & routes suitable for bikes       

South Ayrshire Cycling  Council info and links  

Carrick Forest Mountain Bike Trail


Ayrshire Paths  routes & maps of the trails around Barr;  and Barr has a new footpath.

Penwhapple Grebes

Penwhapple Grebe

South Ayrshire Paths Council info on local walks

Ayrshire Coastal Path


Brunston Castle Golf Course 

Ailsa Course
Arran Course

Girvan Golf Course – Golf Course Road, Girvan KA26 9HW    

Open Gardens

Open Gardens


River Stinchar


Ayrshire Birds                       

red squirrel ©Ged_Connelly


Gardens Scotland       


Red Squirrels in Scotland