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Glentrool to

Walk No: Glenkens 69

Start: Entrance to Caldons Camp Site off the Glentrool Road. GR NX 397791

Finish: Entrance to Caldons Camp Site off the Glentrool Road. GR NX 397791

Nearest Town: Glentrool Village

Notes: A circular hill walk rising to 562 meters above Loch Trool offering the walker a taste of the Galloway Hills and Forests.

• Distance: 6 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 4.5hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Forest and hill paths. Some track.
• Toilets: Available at Glentrool visitor Centre.

• Refreshments: Available at Glentrool visitor Centre.

Route Description
1. Cars can be parked at the entrance to Caldons Camp Site. Cross the bridge over the Water of Trool into the camp site following the tarmac road but do not cross over the second bridge where the road bears L, but continue straight ahead then leave the road and follow the path alongside Caldons Burn out of the camp site and into the forest. Cross over a forest track after approx 1Km, and continue as the path rises with the Caldons Burn as company.

2. A deep gorge becomes evident after a further kilometre and just beyond a tributary flows down from the L. through a break in the trees. Cross the Caldons burn and fence and climb the steadily rising ground in the break. Open hill is reached near a fence corner. Continue uphill with the fence on the R to a group of three small lochans known as The Nick of the Lochans. Bear L onto the summit of Mulldonach where more small lochans dot the landscape.

3. Return to the fence and follow this L down hill towards the forest boundary and a track (this is the route of the off road section of the Sustrans N7 cycle route). A gate gives access to the forest. Follow the track to the metal bridge over the Glenhead burn and cross over. Then turn immediate L onto the Southern Upland Way keeping the burn as company. At the wooden bridge cross over to the stile leading into the forest.

4. Follow the forest path with intermittent views of Loch Trool below. Pass by the sign indicating the Battle of Glen Trool and continue heading W. An optional path leads down towards the Loch, but both paths ultimately lead to the disused camp site. Make your way through the camp site back to the car park.