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Bruce's Crown

Walk No: Special 2

Start: Start and finish at Caldons. (NX 397791)

Finish: Start and finish at Caldons. (NX 397791)

Notes: Whilst the Heart of Granite is tough and achievable in one day, this challenge is tougher, takes considerably longer and requires an overnight camp or bivouac. It follows the route of the Heart of Granite from Caldons as far as Curleywee then breaks away south onto outlying hills before swinging north onto the entire ridge of the Rhinns of Kells. The forest section provides opportunity to rest before the ascent onto Shiel Hill and the complete traverse south along the rugged terrain to Merrick. Returning to Caldons via Loch Enoch and Buchan Hill. The optimum route is 42 miles with 13,000 feet of ascent.

• Distance: 42 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 15hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Rough pathless hills, some track.
• Toilets: None available

• Refreshments: None available
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Route Description
Caldons. Start. 0 miles. NX 397791
Mulldonoch. Centre cairn of 3. 1.9 miles. NX 425785
Lamachan. Summit shelter cairn. 3.1 miles. NX 435769
Curleywee. Summit cairn. 4.3 miles. NX 454769
Drigmorn Hill. Cairn at lochan. 6.2 miles. NX 468745
Cairn(g)arroch. Summit cairn. 8.5 miles. NX 491775
Dee Bridge. N end of bridge. 9.8 miles. NX 495794
Darrou. Summit. 10.4 miles. NX 505800
Meikle Millyea. Trig point. 12.3 miles. NX 518828
Millfire Ridge. Cairn/seat. 14.2 miles. NX 502855
Corserine. Trig point. 15.1 miles. NX 497870
Corran of Portmark. Fence corner at summit. 19.6 miles. NX 509936
Gala Lane. W end of bridge. 21.8 miles. NX 480925
Shiel Hill. Trig point. 27.9 miles. NX 417945
Craigmasheenie. Between summits. 28.9 miles. NX 415929
Shalloch on Minnoch. Trig point. 30.6 miles. NX 404906
Carmaddie Brae. Lochans in col. 31.9 miles. NX 412888
Kirriereoch. Cairn SW of summit. 33.1 miles. NX 420869
Merrick. Trig point. 34.1 miles. NX 427855
Sluice of Enoch. Outflow. 35.2 miles. NX 444856
Grey Man of Merrick. Crag foot. 36.2 miles. NX 436845
Rig of the Gloon. Re-entrant. 36.9 miles. NX 427837
Craignine. Large boulder. 37.5 miles. NX 431829
Buchan Hill. Cairn (491 meters). 38.3 miles. NX 427816
The Buchan. Stile at road. 39.2 miles. NX 419805
Glenhead Burn. N. end of bridge. 40.0 miles. NX 430800
Caldons. Finish. 42+ miles. NX.397791