Walk: Marvellous views from Murray's Monument

[View east from Murray's Monument]

This prominent obelisk decorates a hillock above the Queen's Way through Galloway Forest Park in memory of Alexander Murray: a well-known, late 18th century linguist with humble beginnings as a shepherd boy close by in the glen. Climbing to the foot of the monument reveals excellent views over this attractive corner of the Southern Uplands, taking in Galloway Wild Goat Park and the Palnure Burn. Extend the route by a couple of miles to include a couple of foamy waterfalls and some rather unsettling rock sculptures...

[Murray's Monument]

📌 Walk: Marvellous views from Murray's Monument ★★★☆☆
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 140 metres
Points of interest: Murray's Monument; Grey Mare's Tail waterfalls
Start / finish: Car park on A712 6 miles northeast of Newton Stewart, G.R.: NX 491720 ///garlic.wheat.logged

Route: Car park - Murray's Monument - join track at G.R.: NX 484720 - leave track at G.R.: NX 492725 - Grey Mare's Tail upper fall by short detour - lower fall - detour to lower fall alternative viewpoint by west bank path - start
Terrain: Good tracks and paths with some steep parts; rough, very steep detour to viewpoint for upper fall.
Wildlife today: Butterflies and moths, bees and big black slugs.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy with occasional brightness and a little rain, temperature in mid teens.

[Grey Mare's Tail upper fall (Foot Loup)]

Route credit: Forestry Commission / Walkhighlands

[Murray's Monument]

[Burn near Murray's Monument]

[Climbing towards the highest part of the route]

[Butterfly]

[Track towards Black Loch]

[Rock sculpture]

[Moth]

[Grey Mare's Tail lower fall (Buck Loup)]

[Grey Mare's Tail lower fall (Buck Loup)]

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