Activities

In addition to horse riding, Barstobrick is a great base for walking, cycling, fishing and wildlife.

Walking

Barstobrick is a walker’s paradise with miles of surfaced paths and rugged routes for the more adventurous rambler.  Explore our new history and wildlife trails, The Ridge Trail (2.1km) and The Hot Blast Trail (5.5km) which includes the hike to Neilson's monument with stunning views across the Solway Firth stretching as far as Cumbria and the Isle of Man. Watching the Red Kites soar through the skies is truly inspiring. Maps and clue sheets are available for both trails in the coffee shop.

For the younger visitor why not experience the magic of our Galloway Faerie Trail? This 1km buggy and wheelchair friendly trail takes you on a journey through the enchanted world of faeries. Maps and booklets can be purchased in the coffee shop along with other faerie trail essentials such as faerie dust, faerie wings and faerie doors.

Cycling

The pedal cycle was invented in this region in 1839.  Just three years later its inventor, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, was fined five shillings after his wooden bike collided with a pedestrian in Glasgow.

Barstobrick offers cycling for all – bring your bike and enjoy some forest tracks or private roads while exploring the area and watching the wildlife.

Fishing

Barstobrick offer two well-stocked ponds with a variety of platforms to fish from.

Permits cost £6 per day and are available from the Coffee Shop. This allows the permit holder to hook carp, roach, bream, tench and chubb.

Packed lunches are available.

Wildlife

The air, water and land around Barstobrick are bursting with an abundance of wildlife and you’re welcome to come and explore.

Undoubtedly the most spectacular sights are the Red Kites which soar through the skies as they catch the up draughts from the surrounding hills.  There’s also Lapwing nesting on open hilly areas, Mallards in the ponds and in late Spring you’ll spot brightly coloured Dragonflies darting across the wetland.