Forestry and Land Scotland is calling on members of the public, communities, and businesses to take part in consultations for the development of new plans for Dalbeattie Forest’s visitor facilities.

The latest series of workshops follow on from the recent drop-in sessions held in Newcastleton – for the local forest – where a diverse range of forest users including horse-riders, walkers, cyclists, and mountain bikers shared their views and ideas.

Similar consultations are planned for the Glentrool, Kirroughtree, Ae, and Mabie sites by spring 2025.

The aim is to transform what are currently best known as 7stanes mountain biking sites into more accessible, multi-user destinations that will appeal to a wider interest group – such as walkers and horse riders – as well as to families and disabled visitors.

It also aims to continue offering excellent mountain biking experiences.

The proposals will also consider how best to maximise opportunities for increased community, commercial, and public body investment that will both support regional tourism and boost the local economy.

FLS visitor partnerships manager, Fiona Murray, said: “From the recent consultation sessions at Newcastleton, we know individuals and groups who use our forests are looking to have a say in the development of any future plans.

“This concept stage is to capture ideas in a collaborative way that will allow us to deliver and support the scale of ambition suited to local communities.

“Dalbeattie and the surrounding area offer a range of forest and coastal activities and the sustainable development of Dalbeattie Forest.”

Drop-in sessions for the Dalbeattie Forest redevelopment will be held at the Community Initiative Office, 71 High Street, Dalbeattie on Friday, March 22,10:00am - 6:00 pm and Saturday, March 23, 9:30 am-1:30 pm.

The feedback questionnaire and concept map for Dalbeattie are also online.