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Millfore and Drigmorn Hill


Walk No: Glenkens 7

Start: A 712 Murray's Monument car park. GR NX 491721

Finish: A 712 Murray's Monument car park. GR NX 491721


Notes: Despite their lack of height these two hills demand respect particularly in winter conditions and bad visibility.


• Distance: 7 miles


• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 5hours


• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Track and open hillside
• Toilets: None available.

• Refreshments: None available.

Route Description
1. Leave the car park, turning left onto the A712, cross over the bridge and climb the path that leads steeply up the side of the Grey Mares Tail Burn. At the top of the waterfall the path levels out, crossing a grassy area as it leads towards an old sheep dipping pen. Look carefully at the stones within this pen and you should be able to find five carved heads. A forest track is just a few meters further along.

2. Join the forest track turning right then left at the Black Loch. Here you will see a tall pointed sandstone cairn, called “Eye”, built by Andy Goldsworthy – a noted local artist and sculptor from Penpont, Dumfriesshire. Follow the track as it twists it’s way upwards through the forest until you reach it’s summit at a disused quarry (NX 488757)

3. Leave the track on the left, cross over the fence and head NW up the stoney slopes of Buckdas of Cairnbaber. An obvious route, created more by animals than humans will be seen from the track. The footing improves after the initial torture of deep heather and grass! On reaching the top of the ridge double back heading along the best of the high ground to the trig pillar and summit cairns on Millfore.

4. An undulating SW descent takes you towards the summit cairn of Drigmorn and its nearby lochan curiously named Fuffock. Also unusual, but not entirely unique, a herd of cattle can be found grazing this summit.

5. Descend SE towards the Fell of Talnotry. It is best to take a curving line passing to the east of the cairn (NX 477737), thus avoiding a very wet area with deep undercut channels. Traverse the open ground, pass beneath the power lines and gradually ascend, crossing over the stone dyke before reaching the small cairn atop the Fell of Talnotry.

6. An obvious grass gully leads due south to a forest break (NX 482722). Recent clearing hinders progress as you continue down, cross a forest trail to the Old Edinburgh Road, now a forest track. The path straight ahead (S) leads directly to the car park.