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Walking the Galloway Hills

AuthorPaddy Dillon
PublisherCicerone Press (out of print)
ISBNISBN-10: 1 85284 168 0
ISBN-13: 978 1 85284 168 3
Price£12.95
Looking from Buchan Burn towards the rugged hill of Curleywee.

Looking from Buchan Burn towards the rugged hill of Curleywee.

The Merrick, the highest of the Galloway Hills, seen from the shore of Loch Enoch.

The Merrick, the highest of the Galloway Hills, seen from the shore of Loch Enoch.

Paddy Dillon walking along the curious De’il’s Bowling Green in the heart of the Galloway Hills.

Paddy Dillon walking along the curious De’il’s Bowling Green in the heart of the Galloway Hills.

A casual suggestion from Cicerone led to a prolonged and strenuous exploration of the broad, bleak, boggy, rocky Galloway Hills in South West Scotland.

The route research was accomplished a bit at a time, a week here and there, stretching from winter into summer. Accommodation was usually in remote mountain bothies, or by establishing wild camps in the hills, while the walks were tackled day after day, sometimes without setting foot on tarmac for a week. A sudden fall of deep snow hampered the route research in the winter, while annoying plagues of midges made it difficult in the summer, but eventually it was all completed.

The routes venture deep into the Galloway Hills, where walkers often need to be self-sufficient, as well as being good navigators. The terrain is notoriously rugged, while the placenames of the region are amazing - Curleywee, Mullwharchar, Craigeazle, Shalloch on Minnoch, the Range of the Awful Hand, the Dungeon Hills, and many more.

Harvey Maps offered the use of their detailed Galloway Hills map when they heard about this project, so extracts from their map appear throughout the book. That contact led to another small project, as the Galloway Hills map needed a new Visitor Guide to be written and illustrated, for distribution with the map.

Walkers please note that Caldons Campsite has closed.

Walk Contents

Walk 1 Stroan Bridge Forest Trails
Walk 2 Loch Trool Forest Trail
Walk 3 Fell of Eschoncan and Pulnagashel
Walk 4 Bennan and the Fell of Eschoncan
Walk 5 Merrick and Loch Enoch
Walk 6 Merrick and Kirriereoch Hill
Walk 7 Tarfessock and Kirriereoch Hill
Walk 8 Cornish Hill and Shalloch on Minnoch
Walk 9 Carrick Forest Drive and Cornish Hill
Walk 10 Loch Riecawr and Tunskeen Bothy
Walk 11 Kirriereoch Hill from Tunskeen Bothy
Walk 12 Mullwharchar from Tunskeen Bothy
Walk 13 Macaterick from the Carrick Forest Drive
Walk 14 Around Craigmawhannal from Loch Doon
Walk 15 Mullwharchar from Loch Head
Walk 16 Carlin's Cairn from Loch Head
Walk 17 Carlin's Cairn and Corserine from Polmaddie
Walk 18 Corserine from Backhill of Bush
Walk 19 Milldown from Backhill of Bush
Walk 20 Tops of Craigeazle from Backhill of Bush
Walk 21 Darrou, Little Millyea and Meikle Millyea
Walk 22 Darnaw and Court Knowe from Black Loch
Walk 23 Cairnarroch and Millfore from Craigencallie
Walk 24 Millfore from Auchinleck
Walk 25 Lamachan Hill from Auchinleck
Walk 26 Larg Hill from Caldons Campsite
Walk 27 Lamachan Hill and Mulldonoch
Walk 28 Curleywee and Lamachan Hill from White Laggan
Walk 29 Craiglee and Loch Dee from White Laggan
Walk 30 Craiglee from Craigencallie
Walk 31 Loch Valley and Craiglee from Glen Trool
Walk 32 The Dungeon Hills from Backhill of Bush
Walk 33 The Dungeon Hills from Glen Trool
Walk 34 The Forest Walk
Walk 35 The Awful Hand Walk
Walk 36 The Rhinns of Kells Walk
Walk 37 The Minnigaff Hills Walk
Walk 38 The Dungeon Hills Walk
Walk 39 The Grand Tour
Walk 40 The Southern Upland Way