Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

Lochfergue Plantation, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG6 4XX

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Opening Times

Open daily from 1 February to 30 November:

10am to dusk (last admission 6pm)

Closed during December and January.

Admission Prices



Children (4-15):




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The Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park is southern Scotland's wild animal conservation centre. It is set in 27 acres of peaceful, natural mixed woodland near Kirkudbright, between Dumfries and Stranraer on the northern coast of the Solway Firth. The woodland has been tailored to provide large and imaginative enclosures for its animals. Wildlife conservation is one of the main aims of the Park, and it participates in many international captive breeding programmes.

At nearly 150 individuals, the animal collection includes a variety of smaller mammals from around the world, such as Maned Wolves, Scottish Wildcat, two species of Lynx, two species of Lemurs, Red Pandas, Bush Dogs, Raccoons, Capybara, Tapirs, Peccaries, Agoutis, Wallabies, Otters and Meerkats. It also includes a selection of birds such as Emus, Cranes and several species of Owls.

Official Website

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Car Park



Cafeteria serves hot and cold food

Picnic Areas

For Kids

Baby changing facilities

Special Needs

Facilities for the disabled. Difficult, but not impossible, for wheelchairs to navigate the site; wheelchair users admitted free.


Animal Collections

Mammals, Birds, Reptiles

Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.

Star Animals

Maned Wolf, Bush Dog, Scottish Wildcat, European and Caracal Lynx, Red Panda, Ring Tailed and Black and White Ruffed Lemur

How To Get There:

By Car

The Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park is located on the B727 just 1 mile from Kirkudbright, itself just off the A75 Dumfries to Stranraer road. The Park is signposted from the A75.

From Glasgow (and Dumfries):

Follow the M74 / A74(M) south towards Carlisle. At junction 15 (near Moffat) leave the motorway, and continue south-west on the A701 to Dumfries. Turn right at roundabout onto the A75 towards Stranraer. Continue on the A75 around Dumfries and on past Castle Douglas and Bridge of Dee. After about a further mile, turn left onto the A711 towards Kirkudbright. Continue on the A711 through the small village of Tongland, past its power station, and left across the River Dee. Continue into Kirkudbright and after about 1 mile (just after the junction with the A755 towards Stranraer) turn left onto the B727 towards Dalbeattie. Continue up the hill and the entrance to the Park will be on your left, after less than 1 mile.

From M6 south (and Carlisle):

Follow the M6 north to its end, just past Carlisle. Continue north onto the A74 towards Glasgow. At Gretna, continue onto the A74(M), then follow the slip road left onto the A75 towards Dumfries and Stranraer. Continue on the A75 west past Dumfries and Castle Douglas, and on to the Park as described above (from Glasgow).

From Ayr:

Follow the A713 south-east towards Dumfries. Just after passing Earlstoun Loch (and shortly before reaching St John's Town of Dalry), turn right onto the A762 towards New Galloway. Follow the A762 through New Galloway and across the cross-roads with the A712. Continue south on the A762 to its junction with the A75, just after the small village of Ringford. Turn right onto the A75 towards Stranraer, and after about 1 mile, turn left back onto the A762 towards Kirkudbright. After less than a further 2 miles, turn right onto the A711 to cross the Tongland Bridge (over the River Dee). Continue on the A711 into Kirkudbright, and on to the Park as described above (from Glasgow).

From Stranraer:

Follow the A75 east towards Dumfries, and for about 18 miles past Newton Stewart. About 2 miles after passing Cardoness Castle, turn right onto the A755 towards Kirkudbright. Follow the A755 into Kirkudbright, to its end at the A711. Turn right towards the town centre, then left onto the B727 towards Dalbeattie. Continue up the hill and the entrance to the Park will be on your left, after less than 1 mile.

Data on this page last updated: Apr 13 2014

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