This strenuous route takes in some of the wildest parts of Galloway, and with a northerly direction provides a whole different set of views compared to the more commonly walked route south.
This is a route we have previously done southerly but going northerly is probably more challenging and certainly gives different views. There are sections of rough ground plus several steep climbs so you will need a good level of fitness.
From Bruce's Stone the first climb of the day is to the south top of Buchan, which is reached quickly and steady progress is made along the ridge past the Grey Man of Merrick, a perfect spot for lunch. The climb of 350 metres up Redstone Rig will burn off the calories but the reward at the top of the Merrick is well worth the effort. This is the highest point in the south of Scotland and provides spectacular views in all directions.
A steep descent down the Little Spear to the col is followed by the last climb of the day to Kirriereoch. A stop for coffee then a steady descent down the ridge leads to a forest road exiting on the Glentrool to Straiton road.
|Travel time||30 minutes|
|Start from||NX 416 805|
|End at||NX 359 867|
|Return travel time||45 minutes|
|Price (Accompanied Child)||£11.00|
Walk 6-1: Across the Hand