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Buchan Hill and the Murder Hole

Walk No: Glenkens 9

Start: Glentrool Car Park near Bruce's Stone. GR NX 415804.

Finish: Glentrool Car Park near Bruce's Stone. GR NX 415804.

Notes: A pleasant ramble giving a taste of Galloway's spleandour and excellent views of Loch Trool.

• Distance: 7 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 5hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Path, boggy in places. Rough hillside.
• Toilets: Nearby at Glentrool Visitor Centre.

• Refreshments: Nearby at Glentrool Visitor Centre.
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Route Description
1. Leave car park along disintegrating road which winds steeply down to a bridge (dated 1851) crossing the Buchan Burn. A stile leads L uphill alongside the tumbling waters towards a gate in the dyke. Cross the grassy slopes to another gate in a fence and commence the ascent of Buchan Hill.

2. Pick your best line through the terraced slopes to reach the first of three summit cairns. A narrow path winds along by the middle cairn to reach the final cairn four meters higher.

3. Continue N along the ridge and descend to a dyke. Follow this R as it dips towards Loch Neldricken. At a large boulder a track will be found, turn R and follow to the shore of the Loch. A small circular inlet of deep water called The Murder Hole – reputed never to freeze, gives reason to pause at this point. The path continues alongside the loch, wet in places and reaches the shores of Loch Valley.

4. The path continues a gradual descent alongside the Gairland Burn, before moving away towards a craggy knoll where it meets a dyke. This runs parallel to the path and a gate leads the path into open hillside once again. A small stream is crossed before the dyke is rejoined and escorts the path towards a gate in the dyke. A track, taken at the outset, is a short distance ahead. Turn R and ascend to the car park.