Blackcraig Wood

Blackcraig Wood is a rich woodland of oak, birch, ash and wych elm clinging to a sea cliff. Buzzards soar overhead and the oak canopy supports the elusive purple hairstreak butterfly. In spring, bluebells, ivy and great wood-rush carpet the ground beneath hazel, rowan, holly and hawthorn.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Woodland birds
  • Views over the Solway
  • Lead mining heritage

Best time to visit?

  • Apr to Jul for wildflowers
  • Summer for butterflies
  • Autumn for the colours

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • wildflowers
  • coasts
  • geology
  • scenery
  • archaeology

Other information

A path runs along the top of the cliff and old lead mining workings can still be seen.


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How to get there


From Newton Stewart, take the A75 east. Blackcraig Wood borders the road after 1.5 miles. Park at the Forestry Commission centre at Kirroughtree.

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Getting onto the reserve

A linear path through the reserve can be accessed via the Forestry Commission arboretum at Kirroughtree.

Access restrictions

A narrow, unsurfaced path runs through the reserve with steep sections and steps. Beware of old lead mine workings, steep slopes and cliffs.

Nearest town
Newton Stewart (2 mi / 3.2 km)
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About Blackcraig Wood

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Carsegowan Moss
Carstramon Wood

Local group
Dumfries and Galloway

Links & downloads

Reserve map


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