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Grey Man of the Merrick

Glentrool to

Walk No: Glenkens 11B

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: An interesting route to the summit of Merrick taking in the Grey Man. A rock feature, which when viewed against the sky takes on the appearance of a mans face

• Distance: 7 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 7hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Hill path steep and boggy in places. Heather slopes with stoney outcrops.
• 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. A stile leads L uphill alongside the tumbling waters towards a gate in the dyke. Cross the grassy slopes to another gate in a fence and commence the ascent of Buchan Hill.

2. Pick your best line through the terraced slopes to reach the first of three summit cairns. A narrow path winds along by the middle cairn to reach the final cairn four meters higher. Head N to Craignine then descend a little passing small lochans before reaching a stone dyke.

3. Cross this and climb onto the Rig of Loch Enoch then bear L crossing high ground above the shores of Loch Enoch. A gap in the dyke with parallel fence leads towards the Grey Man (grid ref NX 437846), a face in the rock best viewed from the north. Climb up the SE face of Merrick to the summit.

4. Descend by the tourist route. A well worn path leading SW towards a stone dyke. This continues over the summit of Benyellary. Follow this as it descends the grassy slopes. The path then leaves S, across a fence and into trees, reaching a forest track near Culsharg Bothy.

5. Follow the path through the forest, exiting the trees at a fence onto open hill and the Buchan Burn. Rocky in places it descends direct to the car park.