Category Archives: Dumfries & Galloway

The Last of the Long Field Hills

2.29 miles 1h 15min ascent 75m Little Auchenfad Hill Auchenfad, achadh fada, means the long field, which I take to be the land bounded by Craigbill and Auchenfad Hills to the north, and Trostan and Little Auchenfad Hills to the … Continue reading

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Auchengray Hill – one of Monica’s neighbours

2.21 miles 1h 44m ascent 132m I have seen two suggested origins for the name Auchengray. Field of the moor or field of the herd. Auchen is common in place names, almost certainly coming from achadh, ‘field’ and an/na ‘the’; … Continue reading

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Mull of Galloway Trail: 5 – moorland, laight, and stane

7.50 miles 4h 25m ascent 310m Cairnryan-Glenapp-Finnart’s Bay The final leg of the Mull of Galloway Trail took us along the Loch Ryan Coastal Path to Glenapp and from there we walked on to Finnarts Bay. The name Glenapp might … Continue reading

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Mull of Galloway Trail: 4 – Swans, Gorse and missed turns

7.12 miles 3h 56m ascent 38m Stranraer to Cairnryan on The Loch Ryan Coastal Path A puncture on the way to Stranraer had me thinking that we would have to postpone the walk but speedy service by Sandmill MOT Centre … Continue reading

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Mull of Galloway Trail: 3 – oh ffs! off piste again

8.31 miles 4h 15m ascent 87m Clayshant Bridge to Agnew Park This should have been an easy stroll from Luce Bay to Loch Ryan. Not too far, indeed perhaps too short a leg. The weather forecast promised a hot sunny … Continue reading

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Mull of Galloway Trail: 2 – trudging over shingle and wading through bracken

9.42 miles 5h 48m ascent 68m Myroch Point to Clayshant Bridge

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The Mull of Galloway Trail: 1 – overgrown, elusive and unfrequented

10.68 miles 5h 42min ascent 279m Part 1: The Mull of Galloway to Myroch Point It had been quite a while since we had had our walking boots on for anything more than ceremonial purposes, so I had planned a … Continue reading

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Barlay Hill: another Monica

2.8 miles 1h 4m ascent 75m Another Wee Monica. A forestry track from the Trostan Road, a footpath with a residual red way marker post to the Shambellie forestry track and then the remnants of a footpath up Barlay Hill. … Continue reading

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