Tag Archives: Donalds

I can see clearly now (below 600m): Cairnsmore of Fleet

8.1 miles 4h 24m  ascent 688m Tourist Route It is a few years since I climbed Cairnsmore from the SW, and I am pretty sure there was a car park back then. I recall a couple of old codgers, probably not … Continue reading

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Squelch, squelch: onomatopoeia by the Pot of Ae

9.0 miles  5h 29m   552m ascent  max elevation (Queensberry) 697m Route: Kinnelhead-Blairmark-Harestanes Heights-Mount Glass-Pot of Ae-Lochanhead A gentle stroll up Queensberry from the NE, taking in Harestane Heights (picture above). The forecast said that any rain would clear up … Continue reading

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SUW12: Across the watershed

11 miles   5h 58min  881m ascent; max elevation 637m Croft Head This section took us from D&G into the Borders and over the watershed from rivers flowing to the Irish Sea to those heading for the North Sea. We … Continue reading

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SUW10: The roller-coaster section

11.1 miles   676m ascent   5h 17m; max elevation 725m Lowther Hill Route: SUW Wanlockhead to Daer Reservoir (From the highest village in Scotland, along the Lowther roller-coaster, to the headwaters of the River Clyde.) Another rainy day on … 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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Birks Hill

7.9 miles  3h 21m  ascent 557m Birks Hill, Birkscairn Hill, Glensheil Banks “And birks saw I three or four, Wi’ grey moss bearded owre,– The last that are left o’ the birken shaw, Whar mony a simmer e’en Fond lovers … Continue reading

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The Buckdass of Cairnbaber

6.5 miles 564m 4h 33m Cairngarroch, Cairnbaber, Millfore, Millfore SW top Another mopping up outing, this time for Millfore’s southwest top that I had gazed upon but had not previously visited. I parked by the road just after the T-junction … Continue reading

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White Coomb from Talla

9.7 miles   5h 25m   ascent 681m   Carlavin Hill-Molls Cleuch Dod-Firthhope Rig-White Coomb-Great Hill I could say that I had previously approached White Coomb from Carrifran Gans and from the Grey Mare’s Tail, wanted to try this way, … Continue reading

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Blackhouse Heights

7.2 miles  3h 40m  ascent 521m Langhaugh Hill-Waddyside Rig-Black Cleuch Hill-White Cleuch Hill-Black Law-Sting Rig Back to the Manor Glen once more, I parked opposite the mysterious doorway in Langhaugh Hill that may look like the entrance to the Hall … 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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