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.



All year round, although the hills are high and remote enough to need care in winter and bad weather.


Not 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.


Full-day mountain and moorland walks in a little-inhabited part of south-west Scotland.
Must See

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Wild, remote and quite high hills; Loch Trool; forests.
Out of Stock
1 Jan 1995
20 Apr 2010
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

        “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
        The Walks
        The Maps
        Tourist Information

        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

  • Maps

    Harveys Walkers Map of the Galloway Hills. 1:40,000

    OS Landranger Series 1:50,000 Sheet 77

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Paddy Dillon

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.​

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