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Backhill O'Bush and Southern Rhinns

Walk No: Glenkens 62

Start: Car park just beyond Craigencallie Outdoor Centre. GR NX 504782.

Finish: Car park just beyond Craigencallie Outdoor Centre. GR NX 504782.

Notes: Trek to the famous Backhill bothy, then look down on it from the Millfire ridge almost 400 meters above. As a backdrop the granite cliffs of the Dungeon Hills fall steeply into the Silver Flowe.

• Distance: 11 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 8hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Forest track and rides. Open hill ridges, wet and rocky in places.
• Toilets: None available.

• Refreshments: None available.

Route Description
1. From the car park just beyond Craigencallie Outdoor Centre, follow the forest track N. At the wide track junction turn R. Note the well maintained sheep pen. Cross the concrete bridge spanning the River Dee. At the track junction just beyond turn L. A kilometre further along bear L and soon cross over another concrete bridge. The track continues uninterrupted for a further 4 Km. until a dog leg interrupts the straight line, here Backhill will be seen on the R. A path leads to the bothy.

2. Rejoin the track, turn R and R again at the track junction. The track climbs more steeply becoming grass and moss covered as it does so, until it terminates at a wet turning point. Follow a rough path which leads off L up a broad ride in the trees. Exit the trees onto the open hill. A derelict fence marks the boundary. Strike half R across the grass and heather slopes to the ridge line where a vague path will be found.

3. Turn R and head S along the Millfire Ridge. Cross a derelict stone dyke and climb onto Milldown keeping a low stone dyke on the L. The summit cairn lies a few meters on the opposite side of the dyke. Continue to use the dyke as your guide as it descends to the Lochans of Auchniebut. A cluster of several lochans nestling amongst the rough rock and heather terrain. Climb onto Meikle Millyea. In periods of wet weather it may be drier to walk well away from the dyke.

4. From the cairn and trig pillar on Meikle Millyea rejoin the dyke as it continues S towards Little Millyea. A short distance along, the true summit of Meikle Millyea will be seen marked by a small cairn on the opposite side of the dyke. Descend the stoney slopes keeping to the ridge line as the dyke veers off to the L. Cross over another dyke running perpendicular and shortly after a rusty fence. The ground can be very wet here. Pick the best line S to the summit of Little Millyea. A small cairn marks the summit.

5. Darrou lies about 1Km due SSW across a basin of lush grass and sphagnum moss. Head W and descend towards a prominent knoll before a steeper descent towards the tree line above the quarry. A vague path will be found which leads through the sparse trees on the W edge of the quarry. Follow this to the track beyond. Turn R and then L to join the outbound route.

6. Retrace steps along forest track to car park.