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Bennan and Fell of Eschoncan

Glentrool to

Walk No: Glenkens 67

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

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

Nearest Town: Glentrool Village

Notes: A circular route to the summit of Bennan, meaning the little hill, or lesser summit rewards the walker with the benefits of the higher hills with a little less effort!

• Distance: 6 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 3.5hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Partially signed forest and hill paths. Some wet areas
• Toilets: Nearby at Glentrool Visitor Centre.

• Refreshments: Nearby at Glentrool Visitor Centre.

Route Description
1. From the Bruce’s Stone car park follow the signed and well worn path towards The Merrick. The Buchan Burn tumbles alongside on its descent into Loch Trool. Several small waterfalls add interest to the route before it enters the forest. The renovated ruins of Culsharg are situated in a clearing and shortly thereafter a forest track is reached.

2. Cross the track, still following the marker posts for The Merrick. The forest soon gives way to open hillside, wet in places. At the fence depart from the Merrick route by turning L and following the fence line as it contours across the hillside. A feint path is evident. At the dyke junction, cross over still using the fence as a guide and climb upwards through the rough grass and heather. Soon a quad bike track leads to an acute corner in the service track leading to the summit of Bennan Hill. A small communications mast is sited on the summit.

3. Follow the service track down hill as it leads into the forest and begins a broad sweeping descent. At the track junction turn left. This leads back towards Culsharg. About 2Km along a small clearing appears on the L and the trees on the R are sparse and reveal a view of rough slopes of the Fell of Eschoncan. Head upwards to the summit marked by a trig pillar. The views down onto Loch Trool are worth the effort of reaching the top. A rough and steep path which is indistinct in places leads down towards the Buchan Burn and the outward path. It is however better to retrace your steps to the track and continue R towards Culsharg and then follow the Merrick path back towards the car park.