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Ness Glen Path near Dalmellington and Loch Doon 1.7km. The road starts from Mossdale where the burn meets the Muck Water. The minor road (4km) heads through the Bellsbank Plantation towards Loch Doon. The remains of Bubbly Cairn lie in the trees to the South. The road leaves the forest and there are views across the glen to the lochs and hills beyond.
The road winds its way over the Gaw Glen burn and heads south towards Loch Doon. Here there is a parking area, visitors' centre and toilets. It is a popular starting point for walks round the Loch. At the dam the River Doon flows into the steep sides of Ness Glen. Before heading off for your walk enjoy the views of Loch Doon stretching some seven miles off towards the Galloway Hills. The Ness Glen walk follows the path of the River Doon northwards. This path runs on the west side of the gorge above the cliffs. It is a short yet impressive path with a taste of woodland, river, cliffs and loch views. Ness Glen was a popular attraction in Victorian Times with its river walk and cliffs which tower several hundred feet above the river.
At the northern-most bridge the Upper Ness Glen path ends. You can retrace your steps back to Loch Doon with the alternative views southward. Further work in the area is planned to re-instate some of the other traditional pathways. Alternatively you may, should you have a detailed map, want to follow some of the tracks on the Eastern side of the Glen back towards the Gaw Glen and then join the road back to the dam at Loch Doon. Note that these paths have not been upgraded and you should take great care. The Glen is a site of special scientific interest. Here you will find Scots pine, larch, ash, Norway spruce, beech trees and rhododendron. If you are lucky you may spot deer in the woods. There are oceanic mosses and liverworts, ferns, lichens and a breeding bird community. You may see Flycatchers, Buzzards and even hear the odd Cuckoo.
There are numerous paths and trails in the Dalmellington area including Loch Doon and Ness Glen river side walk. You can access many of these by leaving the A713 about a mile (1.6km) south of Dalmellington. A regular bus service on the A713 provides access for walkers and cyclists (note that the Ness Glen walk is not suitable for most cyclists).