Walking in South West Scotland Torrs Warren near Dunragit

Torrs Warren from Luce BayIf you are fit enough, the best way to see an area is on foot. South West Scotland is famed for its forests and coastline so I thought I`d try a walk that combines both.  This is an easy and mostly level walk of just under 4 miles return and should take less than two hours except that you will want to explore the beach as well.  There`s a car park on the A757 near the junction with the main Stranraer – Dumfries Road. Start your walk here through Torrs Warren forestry plantation on a wide track. The trees are fairly sparsely planted so that you can see the sky and, as you head towards Luce Bay, you start to hear the sound of the sea.

After about 2.5km from the start, a clear junction is reached where you turn right onto a path which soon leads to the edge of the forest where the path gets sandy and rises for a short distance on the sand dunes. Take heed of the warning signs as the area is sometimes used as a MOD firing range! turn left to Ringdoo Point.  The sandy beach is vast and great for looking for shells and for general exploring. It`s a long walk if you fancy a paddle though when the tide is out!

It is possible to vary the return route, however the safest option is to retrace your steps to avoid the possibility of becoming lost!

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