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Merrick via Gairland Burn and Three Lochs

Glentrool to

Walk No: Glenkens 11A

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: A more exciting ascent of Galloway's heighest hill avoiding the "tourist route"

• 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. 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 and onto the shore of Loch Valley. The path can be very wet in places.

2. Continue passing Loch Neldricken and the Murder Hole. Here the path forks, take L with a small burn as company towards a stone dyke. Cross this continuing upwards and across the W face of Craig Neldricken. An obvious cleft gives a good route to Loch Enoch.

3. Turn L at the shore, cross over the fences and head NW up the boulder and heather slopes to the summit of Merrick.

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.