Walk 4-1: Rig of the Jarkness

This is a walk into areas of wild Galloway that has echoes of past historical times, particularly the Wars of Independence and Robert the Bruce and the covenanting Killing Times.


The route starts at Loch Trool with Bruce's Stone providing a stunning view and has the merit of covering some of wild Galloway. The high point of Craiglee provides some of the finest views of the ranges that make up this area.

The walk from Bruce’s Stone follows the Gairland Burn to a convenient access point on to the Rig of the Jarkness passing the Clints of the Buss giving views of the Glenhead Lochs.

One of the hidden jewels in Galloway is Dow Loch which is passed on the climb to Craiglee (531 metres). This a good spot for a coffee before the descent to Dargall Lane and the Southern Upland Way which is followed passing Loch Dee along the forest road to the pick up at Craigencallie.

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Theme Biosphere
Register from 07:30
Depart at 08:00
Travel time 30 minutes
Start from NX 415 804
End at NX 504 781
Return travel time 60 minutes
Return by 15:30
Price (Adult) £11.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £11.00
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Walk 4-1: Rig of the Jarkness