Outdoor Activities: 

Gifford to Garvald

route information

Start:Gifford village centre
Distance:9½km / 6miles
Time:2½ - 3½ hours each way
Terrain:Paths, tracks and quiet roads.
Directions:Opposite the village hall, follow The Avenue towards the gates to Yester Estate. Before the gates turn left and follow the signs for Yester Path. At the end of Park Road there is a gate leading into Yester Woods and the path is well signposted from there. After 4 km, cross the road and follow the track past Danskine Loch and along the side of a field. Turn left when you reach the road and after 100m look out for the path going off to the right. For this next section you will be walking around the edge of a field which could contain cattle. The path then runs along the side of the Donolly Reservoir and then down a track through farmland. The last 800m of this walk is along a quiet road into Garvald.
Public transport:There is an occasional bus service to Gifford. No public transport to Garvald.
Local services:Gifford has various independent shops, restaurants, pubs and a coffee shop.
Garvald has a traditional inn.

Public toilets in both villages.

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Gifford to Garvald

points of interest


Dating from the 17th century, the quaint village was built to replace the village of Bothans, which was demolished to make way for a walled park around Yester House. Be sure to check out the stories of witchcraft and wizardry at The Goblin Ha’.


Yester House
Construction of the house started in 1699 for the Marquis of Tweeddale. There have been many alterations made over the years and the house remains a private residence.


Donolly Reservoir
Dating from 1889, the reservoir is no longer used as a water supply. It is a lovely spot for wildlife watching.


Beautiful red sandstone village. There has been a church here since the 11th century.