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Troquhain Hills

Walk No: Glenkens 61

Start: Forest track junction with the A702 1Km NE of Corriedoo. GR NX 688837.

Finish: Forest track junction with the A702 1Km NE of Corriedoo. GR NX 688837.

Notes: Low level rugged hill walk along heather clad tops.

• Distance: 4 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 3hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Forest track and heather clad open hillside.
• Toilets: None available

• Refreshments: None available
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Route Description
1. Take the forest road heading roughly SE. Where cross tracks join at the SW end of Loch Howie take the track leading uphill directly in front. After approx 1Km of steady climb the forest edge will be clear where the track swings tight L. Break off R here, carefully negotiating the remaining trees and burn to reach the dyke. The dyke is best crossed at a gap where the burn flows through, giving access to the open hillside.

2. Take the best line towards the skyline through the obvious gully ahead. This can be very wet in places. As the rough heather clad ridge is reached the ground is drier. Follow rising ground towards the old fence and Mid Standard cairn immediately on the opposite side.

3. The undulating ridge continues through relentless heather to a dyke corner where Cairn Molly is situated.

4. It is a short distance along the ridge to Blackcraig Hill. A moss encrusted Trig Pillar sited on a slightly raised square plinth marks the summit shown as Knocknan by the Ordnance Survey.

5. Climb over the dyke into the forest. A lush firebreak steadily descends for approximately 250m and angles off L towards a track ending. A faint path is evident. Follow the track SW as it contours around Corriedoo Hill. A large stone cairn, square in section can be seen to the L of the track. This is not indicated on maps. The track continues to fall and meets the point where the walker left for the open hillside

6. Retrace steps back to start point.