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Cairn Edward Hill

New Galloway to
New Galloway

Walk No: Glenkens 88

Start: Park in lay-by beside Loch Ken on A 762, 4 Km S of New Galloway.

Finish: Park in lay-by beside Loch Ken on A 762, 4 Km S of New Galloway.

Nearest Town: New Galloway

Notes: A worthwhile climb following the footsteps of Edward Bruce, who stood on this hill in 1307. Try and imagine what he saw, when you look across a landscape of forest.

• Distance: 3 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 2.5hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Forest paths and track. Short hill section.
• Toilets: Situated in car parks, New Galloway.

• Refreshments: Available in New Galloway.

Route Description
1. Approximately 250 meters back along the road towards New Galloway, a path zig-zags upwards into the forest joining with a forest track junction near a burn crossing. Take the track leading alongside the burn, continuing straight ahead at the next junction.

2. Turn R at the next track junction and head W, gradually gaining height to the tracks terminal point at a broad firebreak. Head L uphill along the firebreak to rough open hill ground. Pick the best line towards the summit where the more modern features of a Fire Tower and Trig Pillar overshadow the ancient cairn. This cairn, named “Cairn Edward” after Edward Bruce, who having defeated an English garrison, climbed the hill to survey the surroundings. Being pleased with what he saw, the hill has borne his name ever since.

3. Return via the outward route.