Walking the Galloway Hills
33 circular day walks
By Paddy Dillon
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A guidebook to 33 circular day walks and 7 longer expeditions in the Galloway Hills, including Merrick, Corserine, Millfore and the Rhinns of Kells, a 5-day tour and a brief description of the Southern Uplands Way. Explore an area of rocky, heathery wilderness, much of which is designated as the Galloway Forest Park, with almost unlimited access.
SeasonsAll year round, although the hills are high and remote enough to need care in winter and bad weather.
CentresNot a lot in the hills, but Newton Stewart lies to the south, Stranraer to the south-west and Girvan to the north-west. Road access on the A713 is arguably easiest from the east.
DifficultyFull-day mountain and moorland walks in a little-inhabited part of south-west Scotland.
Must SeeWild, remote and quite high hills; Loch Trool; forests.
The Galloway Hills of south-east Scotland offer almost unlimited access for walkers, a rare freedom that has contributed to their description as 'A Walker's Paradise'. A tract of rocky, heathery wilderness interspersed by forest park, these hills offer a varied walking programme, from gentle waymarked forest trails to strenuous, bothy-based treks. You can marvel at the wild qualities of the hills and follow the colourful and turbulent history of the Scottish clans and Robert the Bruce. The mixed woodland and moors support a varied wildlife, including many species of bird and wildfowl, red deer, wild goats, cattle, and even red squirrels and lizards.
Paddy Dillon describes in detail 33 circular day walks of 5-12 miles, all starting from a car park, and 7 longer, more adventurous walks. All the walks can be linked with one or two others. Whichever you choose, the Rhinns of Kells, Rig of the Jarkness, Nieve of the Spit, Shallock on Minnoch, Point of the Snibe, Mullwharcher and Craigeazle are names to stir your imagination and inspire you to poetry.
“Be warned, it’s going to be tough underfoot this year”
The Bare Bones
A Glimpse of History
The Galloway Forest Park
Flora and Fauna
Access and Accommodation
Familiarisation with the Area
Those Crazy Names
Walk 1: Stroan Bridge Forest Trails
Walk 2: Loch Trool Forest Trail
Walk 3: Fell of Eschoncan and Pulnagashel
Walk 4: Bennan and the Fell of Eschoncan
Walk 5: Merrick and Loch Enoch
Walk 6: Merrick and Kirriereoch Hill
Walk 7: Tarfessock and Kirriereoch Hill
Walk 8: Cornish Hill and Shalloch on Minnoch
Walk 9: Carrick Forest Drive and Cornish Hill
Walk 10: Loch Riecawr and Tunskeen Bothy
Walk 11: Kirriereoch Hill from Tunskeen Bothy
Walk 12: Mullwharchar from Tunskeen Bothy
Walk 13: Macaterick from the Carrick Forest Drive
Walk 14: Around Craigmawhannal from Loch Doon
Walk 15: Mullwharchar from Loch Head
Walk 16: Carlin’s Cairn from Loch Head
Walk 17: Carlin’s Cairn and Corserine from Polmaddie
Walk 18: Corserine from Backhill of Bush
Walk 19: Milldown from Backhill of Bush
Walk 20: Tops of Craigeazle from Backhill of Bush
Walk 21: Darrou, Little Millyea and Meikle Millyea
Walk 22: Darnaw and Court Knowe from Black Loch
Walk 23: Cairnarroch and Millfore from Craigencallie
Walk 24: Millfore from Auchinleck
Walk 25: Lamachan Hill from Auchinleck
Walk 26: Larg Hill from Caldons Campsite
Walk 27: Lamachan Hill and Mulldonoch
Walk 28: Curleywee and Lamachan Hill from White Laggan
Walk 29: Craiglee and Loch Dee from White Laggan
Walk 30: Craiglee from Craigencallie
Walk 31: Loch Valley and Craiglee from Glen Trool
Walk 32: The Dungeon Hills from Backhill of Bush
Walk 33: The Dungeon Hills from Glen Trool
Walk 34: The Forest Walk
Walk 35: The Awful Hand Walk
Walk 36: The Rhinns of Kells Walk
Walk 37: The Minnigaff Hills Walk
Walk 38: The Dungeon Hills Walk
Walk 39: The Grand Tour
Walk 40: The Southern Upland Way
Harveys Walkers Map of the Galloway Hills. 1:40,000
OS Landranger Series 1:50,000 Sheet 77
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States. Paddy is also a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.View Articles and Books by Paddy Dillon
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