Waterfalls at Wood of Cree
Waterfalls at Wood of Cree

The Wood of Cree is a nature reserve run by the RSPB, and is the largest intact area of ancient woodland in southern Scotland; a wonderful spot to hear and see birds. There are buzzards, tree pipits, pied flycatchers, barn owls, tawny owls, wallow tits, and occasional redstarts and garden warblers.

At ground level, you may see red squirrels and roe deer. There is an otter viewing platform overlooking the river, and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of local otters at play.

There are circular walks through the woods, which is extremely colourful in Spring, with carpets of bluebells. The trails go past a series of extremely attractive waterfalls, which are the real highlight of the woods apart from the bird life.

One trail is 1.25 miles long and can be extended to take in a loop through scrubland bordering the wood for another 1.25 miles. The trail can be steep in places, and good footwear and a reasonable level of fitness is a good idea.

You won't spend all day at Wood of Cree, but it makes a very nice outing and nature walk in lovely surroundings for an hour or two.