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Backhill and Loch Doon


Walk No: Glenkens 90

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

Finish: Car park Loch Doon. GR NX 476942.


Notes: This is a classic route and requires two cars, and strong legs! Following a traditional route past the isolated bothy of Backhill, to the southern shores of Loch Doon.


• Distance: 13 miles


• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 6.5hours


• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Forest roads, rough paths in heather and tussock grass. Wet 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. Backhill of the Bush bothy sits in a clearing to the R.

2. To avoid further walking on forest tracks a path will be found on the L leading into the trees along a firebreak. Take this and exit the forest opposite The Silver Flowe. Cross the old fence and head to the north of the Long Loch of the Dungeon swinging round the W shore of its close neighbour the Round Loch. Take the rising ground below the impressive granite crags of Dungeon Hill to the watershed marked by a prominent boulder known as the Dungeon Stone. The curiously named Dry Loch sits directly ahead and at the head of the fledgling Gala Lane.

3. Follow this, with the forest on the R and the rugged eastern slopes of Mullwharchar and Hoodens Hill looming down on the L. After about 4 Km re-enter the forest where after another kilometre a footbridge will be found, cross over the Gala Lane and take the path into the trees. This leads to a forest track. Follow the track E then N to the southern tip of Loch Doon where the track forks. Take the L fork which leads directly to the car park.