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Heart of Granite

Walk No: Special 1

Start: Start and finish at Caldons. (NX 397791)

Finish: Start and finish at Caldons. (NX 397791)

Notes: The lesser of two splendid challenges (the other being Bruce’s Crown) conceived to capture the spirit and demands of the Galloway Hills. Twenty-one miles over rough terrain with few paths the route has been achieved in just over six hours. Taken at a more leisurely pace to savour the scenery, there are few challenges that will surpass it – except perhaps the Bruce’s Crown! To keep to the spirit of the challenge no route is given, other than the following information.

• Distance: 21 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 9hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Rough often pathless hills.
• Toilets: None available.

• Refreshments: None available.

Route Description
Caldons. Start. 0 miles. NX 397791
Mulldonoch. Centre cairn of 3. 1.9 miles. NX 425785
Lamachan. Summit shelter cairn. 3.1 miles. NX 435769
Curleywee. Summit cairn. 4.3 miles. NX 454769
Forest Road. Gate. 5.4 miles. NX 449786
Round Loch. Outflow (SW side). 6.3 miles. NX 448801
Dow Loch. South side. 8.0 miles. NX 461825
Craignairny. Summit cairn. 9.5 miles. NX 453847
Mullwharchar. Summit cairn. 10.5 miles. NX.453866
Loch Twachtan. South side. 12.1 miles. NX 429866
Craig Neldricken. Between summits. 14.0 miles. NX 446843
Loch Neldricken. NW corner of east part. 14.8 miles. NX 444831
Craignine. Summit boulder. 15.6 miles. NX 430829
Buchan Hill. Cairn (491 meters). 16.5 miles. NX 427816
The Buchan. Stile onto road. 17.3 miles. NX 419805
Glenhead Burn. Bridge. 18.1 miles. NX 430800
Caldons. Finish. 21.0 miles. NX 397791