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Walk No: Glenkens 68

Start: Glentrool Car Park near Bruce’s Stone. GR NX 415804.

Finish: Glentrool Car Park near Bruce’s Stone. GR NX 415804.

Nearest Town: Glentrool Village

Notes: From Beinn iolaire, meaning hill of the eagles, should be reason enough for any hillwalker to reach this summit. Don’t forget the binoculars and keep a watchful eye in the skye!

• Distance: 4 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 3.5hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Signed hill path. Wet and peaty in places.
• Toilets: Nearby at Glentrool Visitor Centre.

• Refreshments: Nearby at Glentrool Visitor Centre.

Route Description
1. Leave the car park and follow the signed route off L. The made path is deceptive as it leads to a rocky route nearer the W banks of the Buchan Burn, with fine views of its cataracts. This is followed for a short distance on the R. A stile leads over a fence into the forest where duckboards avoid wet peaty areas. A clearing reveals the ruins of Culsharg and just beyond a forest track is crossed.

2. The path continues at a waymark uphill through coniferous trees before exiting onto open grassy slopes. Continue N upwards, through a gate in a fence. Monotonous grass slopes lead to a stone dyke which strikes towards the large summit cairn of Benyellary.

3. The path continues towards Merrick. Reverse the route to return to the car park.