This is either a great walk or a few stops with a car and a short walk to the hide. Scan the Loch from this narrow neck looking for grebes and Goosander.
Walk through the wood, parallel to the road, looking for tit flocks to spot Willow Tit, and look for wintering duck and geese from the fishing areas.
A short walk along the B7020 and along a farm track brings you to the castle. A feeding station is located behind the castle and a path and boardwalk takes you to the hide. This is a great location for scanning the loch.
A rough path takes you around the loch with mixed habitat from alder/willow carr, tussock grassland to conifer plantation. Look for warblers in summer, and Snipe and Jack Snipe in winter.
Cross the A709 onto the minor road to get great views back over the loch and a chance to see more farmland birds.
The lay-by here is best visited with a car as the road has no pavement and is the main road to Dumfries. This location is ideal for finding diving ducks, grebes and swans.