Loch Trool, Galloway Forest Park

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Loch Trool is a narrow, freshwater loch in Galloway, in the Southern Uplands in south-west Scotland. It lies in an elevated position in Glen Trool in the Galloway Forest Park and is approximately 8mi north of the town of Newton Stewart. The loch is the source of the Water of Trool which flows to the Water of Minnoch and the River Cree. The loch and its surroundings are considered an area of natural beauty and there is a scenic footpath around its perimeter.In April 1307 Robert the Bruce fought and won the Battle of Glen Trool on the shores of the loch. On its north side stands Bruce's Stone which commemorates the victory.Loch Trool is also reported to be the darkest place in the UK at night.SurveyThe loch was surveyed in 1903 by James Murray and later charted as part of Sir John Murray's Bathymetrical Survey of Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland 1897-1909.
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  • We walked around the loch in a clockwise direction starting at Bruce's Stone. There are two parking places which have space for over 20 vehicles and it's free. The route is solid underfoot apart from ...  more »
  • We’ve just come back from walking the 6-mile clockwise circuit of Loch Trool this afternoon- a steady but delightful 3-hour walk along well- marked and well-surfaced trails including a section of the ...  more »
  • Love loch Trool whether you want to do the full walk or one of the many shorter rambles it's a great place to be regardless of time of year.
  • Lovely circular walk with beautiful views. Not too taxing either
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