Hill Walking in Galloway

"The Galloway Hills do not cater for those whose object is
the maximum of scenery with the minimum of exertion"
John Dow, SMC Journal 1938

Hill walking in the Galloway Mountains is hard going - until one has gained the high ground when it becomes a delight!

Carlin's Cairn from Corserine.

The path along Gairland Burn does at least exist!

There are several websites that cover hill-walking in Galloway and it is not the aim of this site to needlessly duplicate such information.

Tussocks can be a problem! Sandy White (Forest Access Officer) and John Biggar struggle across the Silver Flowe (Linda Biggar)

Here is a link to an excellent site covering much of the Galloway and Minnigaff Hills (Minnigaff is the southern area of the Galloway Hills).

Also useful, is the Scottish Mountain Photo Gallery.

The Backhill of Bush Bothy.

The Southern Upland Way, a long-distance coast-to-coast footpath, passes through the Galloway Hills.

Nearly all the climbing and walking ares are in the Galloway Forest Park.

A brockenspectre seen from Carlin's Cairn.

Also the tale of the Murder Hole is of chilling interest, though its location on the edge of Loch Neldricken is false, a result of Novelist's licence by SR Crockett in his book, The Raiders. It was actually on the road north from Newton Stewart.

Loch Neldricken, looking north towards Mullwharchar (centre)

For those interested in deciphering some of the fantastical place names of the Galloway Hills, the St Andrews University site may be of assistance. As may Alistair Livingston's Placenames of the Stewartry site.

Another view of Loch Neldricken showing the famous silver sand beach. The flank of Craignaw is in the background.

Mountain rescue services are provided by the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.

The Moffat Mountain Rescue Team may assist on bigger incidents.

Finally the Dumfries & Galloway & Tourist Board has a fund of useful information for the visitor to this wonderful area.

Loch Enoch, taken from Mullwharchar looking south towards Curlywee (on the left)

Looking towards Merrick and the Awful Hand from Craignaw (Merrick is on the left)

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