Category Archives: Dumfries & Galloway

Mossdale to Gatehouse Station Railway Path

8.47 miles 3h 37m ascent 131m (in light drizzle) Mossdale to Skerrow Halt (and back) This was the last part of our January Railway Walk, another there and back outing since unnecessary car sharing is still frowned upon. I’m not … Continue reading

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Once more unto Skerrow Halt

10.13 miles 4h 20m ascent 179m Big Water of Fleet to Skerrow Halt (and back) Winter’s winds chilled the air and days of rain had saturated the ground. 2o22 had arrived with an unwelcome plus-one, the Omicron Variant, so car … Continue reading

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First outing of 2022

3.53 miles 1h 41m ascent 61m Big Water of Fleet to Gatehouse Station (and back) Good to be out and about. We had clear skies but it was bitterly cold. On a warmer day I might have walked up to … Continue reading

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The Fastness of Buchan

10.44 miles 5h 12m ascent 271m Craigencallie-Back Hill of Bush The Dungeon of Buchan is not a deep dark prison. It is an Daingean, the stronghold of Buchan. In the photograph above I am beneath its ramparts. But don’t be … Continue reading

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The Midges of Minnoch

7.14 miles 4h 25m ascent 166m Phew! It was too hot for hill walking, but escaping sunstroke would mean braving meanbh-chuileag and their buzzing buddies. Midge bites won over sunstroke. Sphagnum, purple moor grass and soft rush are the midges … Continue reading

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Raiders: The Merrick

8.84 miles 6h 40m ascent 865mMossdale to Merrick (part 6) This, part 7 of our Raiders walks, was the sixth and final of the Mossdale to Merrick trail. As with each of the other Raiders’ sections we walked the same … Continue reading

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Raiders: mountain, strath and stream

Mossdale to Merrick (part 5)7.89 miles 4h 24m ascent 322m Loch Trool to Loch Dee The sixth of our Raiders walks took us from the “treeless waste around the lonely mountain lake”, Loch Dee, to the “sylvan woods and bright … Continue reading

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The Raiders: worts and all

8.88 miles 4h 28m ascent 217mMossdale to Merrick (part 4) Craigencallie to the Axe Head Stane Part 5 of our Raiders outings took us from Craigencallie to the Axe Head Stane (and back). Had car sharing been allowed this section … Continue reading

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