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Water of Deugh Trail 2


Walk No: Glenkens 73

Start: Cars can be parked at the Bow Burn Dam. GR NX559980.

Finish: Cars can be parked at the Bow Burn Dam. GR NX559980.

Nearest Town: Carsphairn

Notes: This composite route can stand alone or be coupled with its sister route “Water of Deugh Trail 1”, making for a good day of exploring.


• Distance: 3 miles


• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 2hours


• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Easy

• Terrain: Forest tracks and paths.
• Toilets: Next to the Heritage Centre in Carsphairn.

• Refreshments: Nearby at Carsphairn.

Route Description
1. After crossing the Water of Deugh by the small hydro dam turn R along the track keeping the aquaduct on the left. Continue along the twin asphalt tracks, just after half mile a triangular clearing appears on the R after a junction. Here the remains of Nether Bow Village can be found. The best defined remains are near the wooden bridge spanning the Bow Burn. According to 17th Century maps a church once existed on this site.

2. From the end of the road, cross the aquaduct and walk up the steep bank to a fire break which leads L into the forest. This is waymarked with posts and leads to a forest road. Cross over, uphill passing rocky outcrops onto open ground to the top of Bow Craig. Old stone sheep shelters built into large rocks can be clearly seen here. Head R (E) to meet with a forest road, turn R keeping straight ahead at the junction. In about 100 meters on the L within the trees a circular sheepfold can be seen, in front of which are the remains of the ancient settlement of Bow. Continue along forest road for 200 meters and return to Bow Burn Dam by retracing steps along firebreak on L.

3. A short walk along the forest track leading from the Deugh Dam towards the A713 can be achieved by following the track over the wooden bridge near the dam. This climbs steadily around the east and southern flanks of Brockloch Craig and gives wonderful views across towards the Rhinns of Kells and down the Water of Deugh. It is about two and a half miles through to the A713 and if a car can be driven around the road to the end point then the whole route is worthy of the effort.