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Black Craig of Dee and Benniguinea

New Galloway to
New Galloway

Walk No: Glenkens 46

Start: Roadside layby on A762 New Galloway - Kirkcudbright Rd. GR NX 636755.

Finish: Roadside layby on A762 New Galloway - Kirkcudbright Rd. GR NX 636755.

Nearest Town: New Galloway

Notes: Dominating the skyline and the closest “real hill” to the Glenkens, Cairnsmore or Blackcraig of Dee deserves a tick in any hillwalkers book.

• Distance: 10 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 4hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Forest track and rough open hillside with deep heather.
• Toilets: Nearby in New Galloway.

• Refreshments: Nearby in New Galloway.

Route Description
1. Leave car park, north along A762, 200 meters turn L into forest at Cairn Edward. Follow track straight ahead at junction. After approx 1Km track becomes metalled, turn L through gate into field. A track leads back into forest and forest track.

2. Turn R (NW) following track as it winds an uphill route. An abandoned vehicle chassis adds a touch of realism to this vast forest. Shortly turn R to the end of the track and open hill.

3. Leave the forest and pick the best dry line possible keeping the forest edge on your R as you ascend the heather slopes. Aim for the Rocking Stone – a large pointed boulder perched on a granite slab (NX 596760). A small cairn (NX 592761) marks the best line of ascent through boulders and heather. Cross an old derelict fence which contours around the hill about 390 meters above sea level and continue upwards to the summit cairn and trig point.

4. To reach Benniguinea descend NW across a broad spur to the very rough vegetation of Nick of Benniguinea, then ascend to a loop in the service track leading to the summit communications mast and firetower. The extensive views across the Galloway Forest Park are justification for the firetowers presence.

5. Return via the outward journey. Alternatively, if transport can be arranged at Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, follow the track downhill, taking the signed footpath leading L through the forest. This leads back to the Visitor Centre.