Walk: The Rhinns of Kells
|[Just a brocken spectre (left) and wild goats (right) for company above the clouds on the ridge]|
Sounding like something straight out of a J. R. R. Tolkien novel, the Rhinns of Kells ridge soars high above endless swathes of the Galloway Forest Park. Traversing between Corserine and Meikle Millyea makes for a great easy-going ridge walk, on hills that feel unlike anything further north. Local place names rival the views for entertainment - from the ridge, look out for Loch Dungeon, Rig of the Jarkness and even the Range of the Awful Hand. Nearby "Meikle Lump" must have been christened on an off-day. The Forrest Estate, where you start and finish, is full of oddly-named tracks too. A strange and mysterious place, that's for sure...
|[Looking back towards Milldown, cloud beginning to encroach again]|
Name: Walk: The Rhinns of Kells ★★★☆☆
Length: 17 km / 11 miles
Ascent: 900 metres
Main summits: Corserine (814 metres, Corbett / Donald); Milldown (738 metres, Donald); Meikle Millyea (746 metres, Donald)
Start / finish: Forrest Estate car park, minor road end 5 miles north-west of St John's Town of Dalry, G.R.: NX 553863 ///support.foggy.adopters
Route: Car park - Folk Burn north of Craigbrock - Corserine - Milldown - Meikle Millyea - Meikle Lump - track west of Mc Adam's Burn - start
Terrain: Good tracks in forest. Signposted, boggy path near Folk Burn, then faint, intermittent paths on ascent to and along ridge - difficult route finding in poor weather and wet in places. On descent, short stretch of wet path seriously affected by fallen trees before forestry tracks regained.
Wildlife today: Wild goats on Milldown.
Weather today: Dull and murky beneath inversion layer, extensive sunshine above it! Chilly, but light wind.
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)