Safety in the Hills
We strive to maintain a respectful relationship between those who enjoy spending their leisure time in this spectacular corner of Galloway and those who make their livelihood from the hills and
the animals on them, so please read the Scottish Outdoor Access Code - www.outdooraccess-scotland.com.
Be aware that shooters also use these hills. For your own safety avoid walking through areas, in particular forested areas, where you can hear shooting taking place or where you see signs
informing you that it is taking place.
The weather changes very quickly out on the hills so please make sure that you are suitable equipped with food, water, clothing, a map and a fully charged mobile phone.
Please refer to the Galloway mountain rescue website which can be found at www.gallowaymrt.org.uk Please always check the weather forecast for the period you will be walking. A local weather
report is available from a Galloway based meteorological service which can be found at www.mwis.org.uk.
Dundeugh Forest Walks
Dundeugh Forest is a great area for walking with dogs and children. The longest routes take about two hours at most.
While in the area why not check out the nearby ruins of Polmaddy settlement. It will take you about 20mins to tour a site that is significant in Scottish as well as local history.
Rhinns of Kells: The Rhinns of Kells are part of a ridge of hills known as the Galloway Hills and forms part of the Galloway forest Park. At the bottom of Meikle Millyea one may
join the Southern Upland way, arrange a pick-up, continue down the Garroch Glen towards St. John’s Town of Dalry or descend down to Clatteringshaws via Darrou.
Cairnsmore of Carsphairn and Benninner: The Cairnsmore of Carsphairn is the highest of the three Cairnsmores in Galloway; the other two being Cairnsmore of Fleet and
Cairnsmore of Dee. The time and distance of the climb depends on your fitness and the route you take but an average time of 4 hours should be given for a direct ascent and descent using the rough
track and following the dyke referred to below.
Southern Upland Way: The Southern Upland Way is a 212 mile coast to coast walk crossing the country from Portpatrick in the west to Cockburnspath in the east. It roughly
takes between 14-20 days to walk. The section between St. John’s Town of Dalry and Sanquhar passes through Carsphairn’s north western boundary and takes in stunning views of Cairnsmore of Carsphairn,
Benninner and the Water O’Ken. This area is filled with interesting historical sites such the remains of an iron age fort, a dyker’s village and Whig’s hole, so why not break the journey as the walk
meets the B729 and explore, before resuming the journey, and heading for the Chalk Memorial Bothy at Polskeoch.