Walk: Tinto - Hill of Fire
|[Tinto summit cairn]|
If you live in southern Scotland you'll probably already be familiar with Tinto. Standing tall amidst low ground, this is a great spot to pick out many of the country's hill ranges. The Pentlands, Moorfoots, Lammermuirs, Campsies, Trossachs, Cheviots and Galloway Hills are just a few, and that's before you include the peaks beyond the Scottish mainland: the English Lake District and Arran should both easily be visible on a clear day. This is the most popular ascent route: the path is wider than some roads, and leads past a double-walled Roman Fort directly to the 43 metre-wide, Bronze Age summit cairn - adding four metres to the hill's height and visible from the car park. The path splits at one point, but it doesn't matter which branch you choose.
📌 Walk: Tinto - Hill of Fire ★★★★☆
▶ 7 km / 4 miles | ▲ 490 metres | ⌚ Half day walk
Main summits: Tinto (711 metres, Graham / Donald)
Points of interest: Fallburn Fort
Start / finish: Car park on minor road a mile southwest of Thankerton, G.R.: NS 964375 ///scars.relax.rationed
Route: Car park - Fallburn Fort - Totherin Hill - Tinto - return by outward route
Terrain: Wide dirt path, on gravel higher up - sustained but relatively gentle ascent.
Wildlife today: The odd sheep, distant grouse exploding from the heather, and a few uninterested midges.
Weather today: Sunny and clear above valley haze, with little wind. 7ºC at start but temperatures rising quickly.
|[View from the south at Wiston Mains (not on the walking route) (9/4/19)]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands
|[View from the start]|
|[The path to the summit is easy to follow, but a bit of a slog]|
|[Looking down Maurice's Cleuch - on the western branch where the path bifurcates]|
|[Eastern branch of the path]|
|[Approaching the summit]|
|[Looking south from the summit towards the Border hills; Skiddaw in the English Lake District visible on the right]|
|[Head back down by the route of ascent]|