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 views 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.

[Tinto lower slopes]

Name: Walk: Tinto - Hill of Fire ★★☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 490 metres
Main summits: Tinto (711 metres, Graham / Donald)
Points of interest: Fallburn Fort
Start / finish: Car park on minor road, near A73 by 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. Seven degrees at start but temperatures rising quickly.

[Looking south from the summit towards hazy Borders Hills, Skiddaw in the Lake District visible on the horizon to the right]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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