Clatteringshaws is a remote area in the
Galloway Forest Park, next to the A712 road
that runs between the towns of New Galloway
and Newton Stewart, southwest Scotland, in
the county of Dumfries & Galloway, about
40 miles southeast of Ayr. This road is known
as The Queen's Way.
The park has a number of walking and
hiking routes, monuments, deer park, goat
park, and a bike trail that runs from here to
Loch Trool, about 10 miles west.
The image below is of the main car park at
Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre.
The car park area here gives information
on the dam and the areas attractions. Also
the skies, as this area is so remote, it is
classed as a dark skies area, ideal for
viewing the stars.
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Directions . Area Attractions Click on Map .
The image below is of a large plague at
the visitor centre car park giving
information on the dam. The dam at
Clatteringshaws Loch was built between 1929
and 1935 over the Black Water of Dee, to
create a power source for the Glenlee Power
Station. There is tunnel from here to the
Glenlee Power Station, that is situated three
and a half miles to the east. The tunnel
leads off from the opposite end of the loch
from the dam.
This is the largest hydro power set up in
the area. I have calculated the 12 MegaWatt
Glenlee Power Station creates enough power
for the National Grid to power about 12,000
homes. It can be turned on and off when
The image below is of the plaque at the
Visitor Centre. The plaque gives information
of trails, monuments and visitor attractions
in the area.
The image below shows the Clatteringshaws
Visitor Centre that has a tea room, and many
leaflets for the area. The Visitor Centre is
open from the beginning of April to the end
of October. This image was taken in November
when the Visitor Centre was closed, but the
area is still open to the public.
The image below is from the trail round to
Bruce's Stone, about half of a mile east of
the visitor centre via a woodland walk and
path, in an area named Moss Raploch The
plaque gives information on a battle here in
1307, when Robert the Bruce was fighting to
become king of an independent Scotland.
There is another Bruce's stone at Loch
Trool about 10 miles west, that marks the
site of another battle in the same year.
The image below is of Clatteringshaws Dam,
built between 1929 and 1935. This is the
largest dam I have seen so far in southern
Scotland. Had to hike up through a rough
field to get a photo of it all.
There is a forest road that leads its way
round the far side of the dam, as seen below,
then round behind the hills in the image to
Loch Trool. That road is used by many
mountain bikers, about 10 miles between here
and Loch Trool. The highest hill below is
Millfore at 2,152 ft.
The image below is of the Raiders Road
forest drive that runs from a few hundred
yards southwest of the dam, down the A712.
This road can be driven, walked or biked. It
leads southeast to the area of Bennan on the
west side of Loch Ken. About 3 miles down
this road is the scenic Otter Pool Large
The image below is of Murray's Monument
situated by the A712, about 5 miles southwest
of Clatteringshaws Dam. There is a car park
here for the trail to the monument, the Grey
Mares Tail waterfalls, the hike up the rocky
Craigdews Hill, the hike over to the Black
Loch, and past the Black Loch to the 2,152 ft
Murray’s Monument was erected in
1835 in memory of Alexander Murray, a local
shepherd boy who later became Professor of
Oriental Languages at Edinburgh University.
The monument is situated on a 597 ft hill, a
steeper hike than it looks. There is a trail
that leads off into the forest close to the
top, that trail leads north to the forest
road to the Black Loch and Millfore. More
The image below is from Murray's Monument
looking south to the 1,975 ft Craignelder and
2,332 ft Cairnsmore of Fleet behind. There is
a forest road that leads off the A712 a few
hundred yards southwest of the monument, over
to the foot of Craignelder, as seen below.
There is a small car park across the road
from the start of that forest road.
From that car park, you can also follow a
trail through the woods, north to the Old
Edinburgh Road. That old road leads to the
Black Loch, and up onto Millfore.
Black Loch and Millfore
The image below is of the 882 ft Craigdews
from Murray's Monument. You can see the
monument car park down there. The rocky
Craigdews is an interesting hike with a trail
leading up from the bridge at the car park.
Follow the high fence up into the trees, then
go through the trees for about 30 ft, then
hop over the lower fence. Beware the cliffs
at the summit.
Large Image .
down from Craigdews summit .
Next to the Murray's Monument car park are
the Grey Mares Tail waterfalls, as seen
The image below is of the Glen of the Bar
view point situated about 1 mile southwest of
Murray's Monument on the A712.
The image below is of the Glen of the Bar
viewing platform, a few hundred feet above
the glen. There is something un-nerving about
walking out over a steep drop, but the views
are worth it.
The Map below shows the attractions along
the A712 that is also known as The Queens
Way. The map also shows the hiking routes
onto the hills. Green and brown dots are
rough sections, green and yellow fairly good
Map . Change Newton Stewart to your town
or postcode to get driving directions.
Guide Map .
The Glentrool and Kirroughtree Visitor Centres for
biking and hiking are connected by biking
trail, although you may need an OS Map to
find your way between the centres.