Carsphairn is a charming village in the heart of Galloway Forest Park. The village makes an ideal base for exploring the forest park, walking in the Galloway Hills and visiting the Obervatory in Galloway Dark Sky Park.Carsphairn means meadow of alders.

Only a few miles from Carsphairn is the beautiful Loch Doon. On the shores of Loch Doon is Loch Doon Castle which has associations with Robert the Bruce.

Carsphairn make a great base for climbing and walking in the Galloway Hills. The ascent of the nearest hill, Cairnsmore of Carsphairn starts at the Green Well of Scotland, less than one mile from the village. Although Cairnsmore is 797 metres high, the ascent is only 656 metres. Cairnmore of Carsphairm is the second highest of the Galloway Hills.

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is less than 10 miles from Carsphairn. The observatory lies within the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park and is under some of the darkest skies in Europe. As well as powerful telescopes the observatory has a roll-off-roof and a lecture room. The observatory is very popular with visitors to the village.

Carsphairn Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre at Carsphairn offers an exhibition on aspects of life in the village. The Centre is  open from April to October.

Walks from Carsphairn

Carsphairn Heritage Centre have compiled a leaflet containing three walking trails in and around Carsphairn.


Where can I stay in Carsphairn?

Carsphairn B&B The Knowe

The Knowe B&B in Carsphairn South West Scotland

The Knowe B&B is a Visit Scotland 4* Guest House and is in the  TripAdvisor Top 5 of over 300 B&Bs in Scotland. The Knowe holds the Visit Scotland Taste our Best Award for providing food sourced in Scotland. The Knowe B&B has off road  parking, provides evening meals (notice required) and has free wi-fi and smart tvs in all rooms.


Where can I get a coffee?

Carricks of Carsphairn make a great cup of coffee! Slightly further afield is the Roundhouse Cafe on the shores of Loch Doon. In New Galloway about 12 miles to the east there are several cafes.

Interesting fact about Carsphairn

John Loudon McAdam who invented Tarmac lived in Carsphairn as a child.



“There is Cairnsmore O Fleet, Cairnsmore O Dee and Cairnsmore O Carsphairn – the biggest of the three”

Main image by Leeming & Paterson