Carstramon Wood is one of the largest semi-natural broadleaved woodlands in the area, comprising a mix of ancient coppiced woodland around the Doon of Castramont and long-established woodland in the northern half, planted over 200 years ago.
Ancient beech pollards are found throughout the wood, inhabited by a number of rare insects. In spring, the wood comes alive with the sound of summer migrant birds, and in May the woodland floor is spectacularly carpeted with bluebells.
From Gatehouse-of-Fleet, take the B796 north. After 2 miles, turn right onto a minor road at Nether Rusko. Follow the road over the Water of Fleet, turn right at the T-junction and parking is available in the layby on the left.
The main entrance is by the parking layby. Additional access points are present along the minor road and at the top of the reserve.
A network of maintained paths provide access throughout the wood and out onto the hill beyond. The paths are steep in places with some steps and small bridges. Please keep dogs on a lead or under very close control to avoid disturbing wildlife.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland (registered number SC040247), having its registered office at