Category Archives: Ayrshire

Twas long indeed, a country mile

2.33 country miles  2h 2min  34m ascent Waterhead Rosnes Benches Blanket bog is one of Scotland’s most extensive semi-natural habitats but if I am honest I tend to think of peat bogs as a difficulty to be crossed on the … Continue reading

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Glen Ness and the (5 year) old Fort

3.2 miles 1 h 55m 150m ascent Ness Glen – Glessel Hill A shorter walk than I had planned since there were sheep aplenty on the hills and the dogs had to be kept on leads for much of the … Continue reading

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Beyond yon hills where Stinsiar flows

4.8 miles 3h 48m ascent 222m Peden’s Hut-Shiel Hill-Cornish Loch-Cornish Hill Beyond yon hills where Stinsiar* flows, ‘mang muirs and mosses many… By Girvan’s fairy-haunted stream, The birdies flit on wanton wing; While bank and brae are clothed in green, … Continue reading

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Craiglee and the Wee Hills

4.8 miles  3h 30m  ascent 366m Route: Wee Hill of Craigmullach-Craiglee-Mulluss The Range of hills called the Awful Hand can be seen, by those of elastic imagination, as a hand reaching onto the land from the depths of the earth. … Continue reading

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The Donalds

  Percy Donald, wrote “The two-thousand feet tops of the Scottish lowland uplands” for the journal of the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1935, listing 133 tops and 15 humps in southern Scotland. He had decided to visit all the “Lowland … Continue reading

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Lowly Dugland

12.5 miles  5h 30m  611m ascent Trostan Hill-Windy Standard-Dugland Dugland was No.133 on Percy Donald’s list of “two-thousand feet tops of the Scottish lowland uplands” but it has been struck from modern list now its height is reckoned to be … Continue reading

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Coran of Portmark

12.3 miles  6h 25m  719m ascent Loch Doon-Coran of Portmark-Bow-Knockower-Black Craig-Loch Doon The primary aim of this walk was to climb Coran of Portmark, since previous visits to the Rhinns of Kells had come off over Cairnsgarroch, leaving Bow, the … Continue reading

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The Blackcraig

9.8 miles  5h 44m   900m ascent Blackcraig-Blacklorg-Meikledodd-Alwhat-Cannock Hill-Craigbraneoch A beautiful day so I set off for the Afton hills. I parked the car on the Afton road before Craigdarroch Farm and got kitted out under the watchful eyes of … Continue reading

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Kirriereoch

6.8 miles    3h 40m     ascent 605m Tarfessock-Kirriereoch Kirriereoch and Tarfessock had been on my to-do list for a while. Unfortunately my research suggested there was no easy way up these two hills. The walk from Slaethornrig looked … Continue reading

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Windy Standard in the snow

9.5 miles   4h 28m   ascent 511m Afton-Jedburgh Knees-Windy Standard-Blackgrane-Millaneoch-Wedder Hill A walk in the snow. Windy Standard has eluded me on a previous walk which I abandoned in bad weather. As you can see from the picture, the … Continue reading

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