01/01/2013 16:32:00

Words by bena

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!

Photo left: Carlin's Cairn from Corserine.


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

Photo above: 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.

Photo left:
The Backhill
of Bush Bothy.

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 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.

Photo right: A brockenspectre seen from Carlin's Cairn.
Photo left:
ken, looking north towards Mullwharchar (centre)

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.