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Mullwharchar and Loch Enoch

Glentrool to

Walk No: Glenkens 66

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: Mullwharchar, a fine conical shaped hill is considered by some to be the most remote of the Galloway Hills and is five miles from a road in any direction. Certainly, the views from its granite summit command an unrivalled panorama of hills, forest and glistening lochs.

• Distance: 11 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 7hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Short track, rough hill paths, indestinct in places.
• Toilets: Nearby at Glentrool Visitor Centre.

• Refreshments: Nearby at Glentrool Visitor Centre.

Route Description
1. Leave car park along disintegrating road which winds steeply down to a bridge (dated 1851) crossing the Buchan Burn. Continue along track where it swings R take L over stile and follow path (signed Loch Valley) across open fields. A well trodden path leads through gates in the wall as it climbs the lower slopes of Buchan Hill before meeting up with the W banks of the Gairland Burn and onto the shore of Loch Valley. The path can be very wet in places.

2. Continue passing Loch Neldricken and the Murder Hole. Here the path forks, take L with a small burn as company towards a stone dyke. Cross this continuing upwards and across the W face of Craig Neldricken. An obvious cleft gives a good route to Loch Enoch. (Gaelic, Eideannach, meaning icy loch).

3. Skirt the W shore of the Loch, the highest in Scotland and also noted for the small lochan located within the largest of its three islands. Small beaches of granite sand grace some of the inlets. This sand was once favoured by itinerant knife grinders. Cross the fence before reaching the fledgling Eglin Lane as it flows out of the loch towards Loch Doon. Before the Hydro dam was built this water would flow ultimately into the Firth of Clyde, in contrast to the water of Lochs Neldricken and Valley which flow into the Solway Firth. Cross the burn and take a direct NE line across the slopes of Mullwhachar to its summit marked by a small cairn. Granite boulders provide excellent shelter from the winds that seem ever present at this isolated location.

4. Descend due S towards a flat area of heather and tussock grass before climbing towards the obvious gully known as the Wolf Stock. Head L up the granite slabs to the summit of Dungeon Hill almost devoid of vegetation. A cairn marks the top. The E face falls steeply for almost 300 meters.

5. Retrace steps into the Wolf Stock before ascending over the slopes of Craignairney and onwards SW over a wooden step in an old fence to Craig Neldricken. A small cairn is situated a short distance from the true summit. Continue due W and descend towards the outward path.

6. Turn L and follow path retracing steps to car park.