Kirkconnell Flow Nature Reserve

An impressive example of an ancient raised bog.

Kirkconnell Flow is an impressive example of an ancient raised bog, one of the most threatened habitats in the world.  The huge expanse of peat is spread out below you as you drive up Whinnyhill on the Dumfries to New Abbey road or walk the trails of Mabie Forest. The moss, as it is known locally, provides a very special place of escape from the pressures of everyday life.

From the car park there is a circular walk through the deciduous woodland. At its eastern edge the Scots pine fringe gives way to the open area of peat bog. The main body of the bog is not suitable for walking owing to the re-wetting of the site following extensive peatland restoration work.

On the peat dome the bog plant communities are well developed, dominated by sphagnum mosses with carpets of cotton grass and other characteristic plants such as cranberry and bog rosemary. The peatland is still being restored to ensure the special plants and wildlife dependant on raised bog can thrive here.

This wonderful mix of shady wood, soft shrubby edges and open space provides a home for a diverse range of species from roe deer to adders to dragonflies. The site has some notable inhabitants including nightjar, cuckoo and the rare six-spotted pot beetle.

The reserve is a short distance from Dumfries. 

NatureScot owns and manages the reserve.

Best time to visit

Any time of year but summer time is best to see bog plants and woodland butterflies at their peak.


Woodland walk, car park, notice board


Kirkconnell Flow Nature Reserve

National Grid reference: NX961700

DG2 8HD is the nearest postcode. It will not take you direct to the reserve.

Getting there

To reach the reserve, take the A710 New Abbey road out of Dumfries. Passing the entrance to Mabie Forest which lies on a sharp left bend, take the next turning on the left. This is Kirkconnell Avenue. The reserve entrance is 300m on the left. There is parking for cars and bikes.


Greystone Park
55/57 Moffat Road

Telephone: 01738 458678

Thanks to funding from the Scottish Government's Peatland ACTION programme, delivered in partnership with NatureScot and other agencies, peatland on this Nature Reserve is being restored. Putting peatland on the road to recovery is helping Scotland tackle the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss. 

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