Galloway Kite Trail RSPB The Old SchoolCrossmichaelCastle Douglas, DG7 3AP, GB
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Welcome to the Galloway Kite Trail


Welcome to the Galloway Kite Trail
With their distinctive long forked tails, red kites are one of the UK’s most beautiful birds of prey.  They were reintroduced into this area between 2001 and 2005.  The Galloway Kite Trail is a circular route through some of the most impressive scenery in southwest Scotland.  It provides the opportunity to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside while seeing some amazing wildlife along the way.

What the trail has to offer:

  • Walks, panoramic views and good chances of seeing kites and other wildlife
  • The `Secret Cages’ where kites were first released
  • Information on kites and other wildlife
  • Kite Feeding Station at Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston
  • Fine Galloway hospitality

Red Kite Feeding Station
The feeding station at Bellymack Hill Farm (see map) is open from 12 to 4pm daily all year round.  The best time to visit is before kite feeding at 2pm, when the spectacle from the viewing hide can be amazing, with often 50 or more kites at close range circling overhead and cascading down for food.

Galloway Hospitality
There is a good selection of places to eat and stay around the Trail, including hotels, inns, bed & breakfasts and a holiday park.  Here you can sample some of the best local produce and hospitality in Galloway and stay up to date with the very latest information on kites (see Trail guide leaflet for details).

Where and how to visit?
The Trail can be enjoyed throughout the year, as the kites are always active and the views always enchanting.  Pick up a Galloway Kite Trail guide leaflet from Trail information points, participating businesses (look for the logo) or Tourist Information Centres. Also, look out for brown road signs bearing the kite logo at important junctions and information points.
Why not make a day of it, exploring the Trail’s wildlife and other attractions, stopping for food and refreshments before making your way to the kite feeding station for a kite extravaganza?
For more information visit
www.gallowaykitetrail.com
Dumfries & Galloway Leader Local Action Group