The Galloway Kite Trail

    kite_1.jpg The Galloway Red Kite Trail is an exciting bird watching opportunity to view spectacular red kites in the outstanding scenery of Dumfries and Galloway. The Galloway Kite Trail now attracts the attention of walkers, cyclists, wildlife lovers and birdwatchers in Dumfries and Galloway as well as from much further afield.

    The Galloway Kite Trail is situated around Loch Ken and promotes the population of kites, recently re-established in Kirkcudbrightshire, as a source of nature-based tourism to benefit local communities in the area. In so doing, the trail is helping to strengthen the 'ownership' of the kites by local communities and tourist operators.

    For more information see: www.gallowaykitetrail.com
    kite_2.jpg There are six outdoor viewing points with interpretation boards; nine walks,(including a short path to feeding station); four hides; one feeding station; one visitor centre with CCTV screen, (summer only); eleven unique information boards in business premises around Loch Ken and Castle Douglas; road signs and two red kite sculptures, (at Parton and Mossdale). Four information shelters have been built around the trail and at Castle Douglas to provide information on the Trail, red kites and other aspects about the local area.

    A feeding station with a hide has been established at Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, and over 30 kites have often been seen together over winter months. These have included many of the birds released in 2003, as well as adult birds and two individuals that arrived from other populations.  The site also offers good views of raven and buzzard.  Large numbers of kites are best seen in late afternoon in the winter months, but there are generally some kites around all day at any time of the year.