Tag Archives: Ruins

The Glen of the Yews

5.8 miles 3h 10m  ascent 285m “I was born on Sunday, the 22d of October 1775, (I ascertained these points in 1805,— I did not exactly know my age in 1794) and baptized a fortnight after, on Tuesday 7th November … Continue reading

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Bainloch Hill

2.2 miles 1h 48m ascent 219m  (Bainloch Hill 287m) Bainloch Hill is said to take its name from bàin loch, white loch, but I don’t find that convincing. There is a White Loch a couple of miles away below Barcloy … Continue reading

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Barrs Hill Fort

3.7 miles 1h 38m  ascent 165m  (Barrs Hill 218m) Barrs Hill is one of the many “twice named” hills. Barr generally means the summit of a hill, but in SW Scotland tends just to mean “hill”, so it is Hills … Continue reading

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Temptations below the Clints of Dromore

4.1 miles  2h 10m  260m ascent The Clints of Dromore are a section of steep south facing cliffs at the southern margin of the Cairnsmore of Fleet granite intrusion. The surrounding peat bogs are said to have 10m of peat … Continue reading

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A Lactation of Conifers

2.7 miles  1 hour  74m ascent Easing myself back in to walks, I decided to visit Morton Castle and explore Morton Woods which proved a shorter walk than I had expected. Morton Castle stands on high ground above Morton Loch. … Continue reading

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Southern Upland Way: the Middle Marches

The central section of the SUW, from the River Nith at Sanquhar to the River Tweed at Yair Bridge is 70.4 of the SUW’s 212 miles, though our journey clocked up 76.5 miles with 4403m ascent. This took us from … Continue reading

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SUW14: The Two Towers

12.4 miles  607m ascent  5h 34m; max elevation 487m on Middle Rig Route: SUW Tibbie Shiels to Traquair Sunshine at last. Though we started with a grey sky, the sun eventually showed its face and gave us a great day. … Continue reading

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SUW9: Sanquhar to Wanlockhead

8.7 miles  3h 45m  ascent 596m; max elevation 483m, slopes of Highmill Knowe Route: SUW Sanquhar to Wanlockhead, and detour to Black Loch A cold dry day with occasional sunshine and the odd glimpse of blue sky. This was a straightforward … Continue reading

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