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The Holy Linn

Walk No: Glenkens 84

Start: By the Garple Bridge on B 7075. GR NX 645809

Finish: By the Garple Bridge on B 7075. GR NX 645809

Nearest Town: St Johns Town of Dalry

Notes: Used during Covenanting times, this waterfall on the Garpel Burn was the site of secret baptisms.

• Distance: 2 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 1hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Woodland and field paths, indestinct in places.
• Toilets: Nearest; Dalry by Town Hall.

• Refreshments: Available in Dalry or Balmaclellan.

Route Description
1. A small gate allows access into the wood by the Garple Bridge on the B7075 and a footpath leads into the mixed deciduous woodland, known as Kate’s Wood. This soon becomes indistinct but aim for the line of large beech trees along the north edge. At a small burn the direction swings around to the SE. After about 400 meters a metal gate leads into the field. Climb over this and walk along through the thinning oak trees with the Garple below on the R. Cross over another fence and in a short distance the roar of waterfalls will be heard. Carefully descend towards the waters edge. The top waterfall is beyond the electric fence which can be safely negotiated at an insulated section near a large tree beside the burn. The flat topped mounds are where the Covenanters met.

2. Return via outward route.

3. Also present in this vicinity, about half mile on the opposite side of the burn from the start point is “Jeans Wa’s”. These are the grass covered foundations of an old cottage allegedly built by one Jean Gordon, the wife of Alexander Gordon –the “Bull of Earlston", when she had been banished from the matrimonial home.