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Corserine to Darrou


Walk No: Glenkens 2B

Start: Forrest Lodge car park. NX 553863

Finish: Forrest Lodge car park. NX 553863


Notes: A classic ridge walk to the extreme southern end of the Rhinns of Kells. Link this route to Walk Glenkens 2A for an exhilarating expedition.


• Distance: 4 miles


• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 2hours


• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Ridge walk, rocky in parts. Lush vegetation and boggy areas.
• Toilets: None available

• Refreshments: None available

Route Description
1. Leave the Trig Pillar heading roughly S across the broad plateau. Soon the path and route onto Millfire Ridge becomes apparent passing a small Lochan on the R. A compass will be required in poor visibility.

2. The path twists on a rocky route towards the cairns on the summit of Millfire, with excellent views down onto Loch Dungeon.

3. The path descends a little, crosses a derelict dyke and climbs steadily towards the summit of Milldown. Take time to cross the dyke and visit the summit cairn so often by-passed. The views are worth it! The dyke runs all the way towards and over the summit of Meikle Millyea.

4. Descend steeply from Milldown, cross a boggy area and old fence entering the Lochans of Auchniebut. Pick your way through and begin the short climb to Meikle Millyea. In periods of wet weather relief from boggy terrain can be found by walking further away from the dyke.

5. A Trig Pillar lies to the E of the dyke, and nearby a large cairn. Deceptively, this is not the true summit, which is further S and to the W of the dyke. This is marked by a small cairn.

6. Continue the descent over broken granite rocks using the dyke as a guide. As the dyke falls away keep to the higher ground crossing two old fences in quick succession. A short climb over rough ground leads to the top of Little Millyea and its neatly built cairn.

7. The route towards Darrou is infrequently walked and no paths exist. The vegetation is lush and makes for tiresome progress. An obvious gully points towards Darrou and the wet ground separating it from Little Millyea. Pick the best line to the summit which is unmarked but lies approx 50 yards NE of a pointed boulder.

8. Return via outward journey. Alternatively, from Meikle Millyea the route described in Walk xxx can be followed making this a very interesting circular walk.