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The Dungeon Hills

Glentrool to

Walk No: Glenkens 12

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: This remote circular walk takes in some of the wildest parts of Galloway.

• Distance: 8 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 8hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Rough ground, boggy in places with rocky summits.
• Toilets: Glentrool Visitor Centre.

• Refreshments: Glentrool Visitor Centre.

Route Description
1. Leave car park along disintegrating road which winds steeply down to a bridge (dated 1851) crossing the Buchan Burn. Continue along track where it swings R take L over stile and follow path across open fields. A well trodden path leads through gates in the wall as it climbs the lower slopes of Buchan Hill before meeting up with the W banks of the Gairland Burn. Find the best place to cross and climb the slopes of the Rig of the Jarkness.

2. Continue E across the undulating ground before descending to the E point of Loch Valley and its sandy shore. Pass to the W of Loch Narroch and follow a shallow gully NE onto the summit of Snibe Hill.

3. Pleasant walking across granite slabs provide respite from heather as you head towards the summit cairn of Craignaw. Descend the NW ridge, crossing the Devils Bowling Green, where large granite boulders sit on an exposed plateau of granite, to a prominent cairn in the col.

4. Descend SW then S to the shores of Loch Neldricken where a vague path swings around the southern point of Ewe Rig. Cross a stone dyke and the path becomes more significant around the Murder Hole. A deep and still inlet at the extreme W point of the Loch. It is said never to freeze and is immortalised in SR Crocketts, “The Raiders”.

4. The path continues alongside the loch, wet in places and reaches the shores of Loch Valley.

5. The path continues with a gradual descent alongside the Gairland Burn, before moving away towards a craggy knoll where it meets a dyke. This runs parallel to the path and a gate leads the path into open hillside once again. A small stream is crossed before the dyke is rejoined and escorts the path towards a gate in the dyke. A track, taken at the outset, is a short distance ahead. Turn R and ascend to the car park.