Buddy, the best dog in the world, enjoying his walk up the strip.

Walks for everyone

Historic walks and rights of way abound in the Douglas valley. From historic drove roads & sheiling tracks, to miners paths, the hills and dales around Douglas and Glespin have been well trodden for centuries. Our aim through the Real Group is to record, enhance, enable safe access, restore and maintain these pathways. We also aim to encourage future ongoing sustainable use of them, for the benefit, both of health and wellbeing and of the valley as a whole. We wish to preserve the past and encourage use for the future.


Some of the following walks may be more difficult than others, and you should always plan your route and know your limits.

Check the weather forecast at metoffice.gov.uk and wear the appropriate clothing. The weather can close in fast around Douglas, and once the wind turbines disappear under the clouds, you can be certain that rain is on its way. Know your route and plan ahead.

Map and compass skills may not be needed for most of our local walks, but mobile phones aren't always a reliable tool. If you're walking solo, let someone know your route and how long you expect to be away.

Remember to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and please share your photos on Facebook and Instagram by tagging the group and using #realgroupgram.

Wallace's Caves

This walk takes about an hour from Douglas, and an hour back.

Can be accessed from Curly Brae, Blue Bridge Right of way or parking at Douglas West community woodland.

Windrow Wood to Douglas West

Also known locally as the Heart, as there was once a planting of rhododendrons in the shape of the Douglas family crest Heart. After your journey through the Windrow Wood, you will arrive at the Tunnel,

Down the Grounds

A short 1.4 mile walk, encompassing some of Douglas's landmarks. A classic known throughout the village, especially for dog walkers. Owners must ensure dogs stay on their leads as live stock roams Stable Lake.

The Three Bridges

A 2.4 mile walk, visiting all the bridges over the river Clyde. The first being the Green Bridge, found on Station Road, then following the river past the back of the old caravan park and along the side of Crabtree Park until you arrive at the Blue Bridge.

The Mountain Drive

A 3.1 mile loop which can be accessed via Springhill Road. This circular route takes in the Mountain Drive before a welcome break on a Douglasdale REAL Group bench at the top of the climb. The route then follows the forestry road past the Paigie Stone and Davie's Cairn before a couple of right turns that will lead you towards Midtown Farm, finishing with a walk through the cemetery and back into Douglas.

The Standing Stones and P.O.W Camp

This 5.1 mile walk begins and ends at St. Brides Community Centre. Leaving the car park, the route takes you down through 'The Grounds' past Stable Lake, Douglas Castle, and Garden House, before turning up the Curly Brae. Follow the forest track to the right and continue along this route, taking in the view of Tinto Hill until you reach the Standing Stones. The route then continues south towards the ruins of the prisoner of war camp and then takes you back to the Curly Brae and Gardens House, rejoining the route you took from St. Brides Community Centre.

Paigie Walk

coming soon