Walk: Descent into Hell's Lum
The gaping black mouth of Hell's Lum is an ominous sight when seen from Castle Point. Scrambling down to across Troup Burn allows you to descend into the depths of the collapsed sea cave, with a long tunnel carved out by past storms leading all the way to the other side of the headland. There's plenty else to see here too. Aside from Hell's Lum, the coastline around Castle Point features dramatic cliff scenery, a secluded sandy beach (at low tide) and excellent views eastwards towards Pennan.
|[Inside Hell's Lum]|
Name: Walk: Descent into Hell's Lum ★★★☆☆
Length: 1 km / <1 mile
Ascent: 90 metres
Points of interest: Hell's Lum; Castle Point; Cullykhan Bay
Start / finish: Car park off B9031 a mile west of Pennan, G.R.: NJ 836661 / fewer dark pursue
Route: Car park - Castle Head - Hell's Lum - Cullykhan Bay - start (or similar)
Terrain: Mostly narrow grassy paths - reaching Hell's Lum involves steep ground and jumping a small burn which could be problematic in spate. Boardwalk to access beach.
Wildlife today: A few seagulls.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy, temperature in single figures.
|[Good coastal views from Castle Point]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)