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Meaul & Lead Mines


Walk No: Glenkens 19

Start: A 713 at Bridge-end (Green Well of Scotland) GR NX 557945

Finish: A 713 at Bridge-end (Green Well of Scotland) GR NX 557945


Notes: Although this walk will take approximately five hours allow plenty of extra time to explore the Old Lead Mines. Please note that dogs are not welcomed on these farm lands. The area should also be avoided during mid April to mid May for lambing purposes.


• Distance: 9 miles


• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 5hours


• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Quiet road, track and grassy slopes.
• Toilets: 1 Km south in Carsphairn.

• Refreshments: None available.

Route Description
1. Cross the A713 and the bridge and follow the road leading to Holm of Daltallochan. Follow this picking up the private road leading to Garryhorn and then W to the old Lead Mines. To the left of the highest ruin, a single tree stands by a small gate in the dyke.

2. A vague path leads from this across the grassy slopes to the saddle between Knockower and Corran of Portmark. After crossing the fence (Beware! This is an electric fence), climb the open slopes to Corran of Portmark where a small cairn marks the summit.

3. Follow the fence south, being wary of discarded and rusty fence wire, cross the twin tops of Bow before finally leaving the fence and picking up a faint path towards the summit of Meaul, where stoney ground provides more sparse vegetation. A trig pillar marks the summit.

4. Head east, with the stone dyke as your escort as it dips to a broad col before rising to the summit of Cairnsgarroch where a neatly built stone cairn stands sentinel to Carsphairn village below. Enroute you pass the Kings Well where spring water issues from the ground by a pipe. With a little imagination, the stones around it can be fashioned into a table and seats.

5. From Cairnsgarroch head NE down the broad spur aiming directly for the ruined lead mines, cross the Garryhorn burn and rejoin the track at the lead mines.

6. Retrace outward steps towards the car park.