Walk: Screel Hill - rocky ridge, wide views
Screel Hill is a smallish dollop of a hill served with an extra large helping of character. Rocky knolls dot the prominent summit ridge, with excellent views of Castle Douglas from the top and of Rough Firth from the ascent. Much of the lower slopes are wooded, but this is no monotonous swathe of forest: instead, varied vegetation (with colourful arrays of fungi in season) and an rough but interesting path winding up through it add up to an enjoyable climb.
|[Rough Firth from the summit cairn]|
Name: Walk: Screel Hill - rocky ridge, wide views ★★★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 330 metres
Main summits: Screel Hill (344 metres)
Start / finish: Car park by minor road just off the A711 between Palnackie and Auchencairn, G.R.: NX 800547 / permit fevered snow
Route: Car park - east end of summit ridge - Screel Hill summit cairn - Glen of Screel Burn - track junction on outward route - return to start by outward route
Terrain: Track for first 400 metres and most of return; rough paths for remainder, wet on summit ridge and briefly very steep on descent. Ascent path wrongly marked as a track on OS 1:25000 maps.
Wildlife today: Fungi, blackberries.
Weather today: Hazy sunshine, especially at summit; lightish wind, temperature just into low teens.
|[The ascent through forest is varied and atmospheric]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track