Walk: The Rhinns of Kells

Dumfries & Galloway | Galloway Forest Park | Full day walk | ★★★

[Just a brocken spectre (left) and wild goats (right) for company above the clouds on the ridge]

Sounding like something straight out of a J. R. R. Tolkien novel, the Rhinns of Kells ridge soars high above endless swathes of the Galloway Forest Park. Traversing between Corserine and Meikle Millyea makes for a great easy-going ridge walk, on hills that feel unlike anything further north. Local place names rival the views for entertainment - from the ridge, look out for Loch Dungeon, Rig of the Jarkness and even the Range of the Awful Hand. Nearby, Meikle Lump must have been christened on an off-day. The Forrest Estate, where you start and finish, is full of oddly-named tracks too. A strange and mysterious place, that's for sure...

[Looking back towards Milldown, cloud beginning to encroach again]

📌 Walk: The Rhinns of Kells ★★★
Start / finish at Forrest Estate car park, minor road end 5 mi northwest of St John's Town of Dalry, G.R.: NX 553863 ///support.foggy.adopters

▶ 17 km / 11 mi | ▲ 900 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: △ Corserine (814 m, Corbett / Donald); △ Milldown (738 m, Donald); △ Meikle Millyea (746 m, Donald)
Terrain: Good tracks in forest. Signposted, boggy path near Folk Burn, then faint, intermittent paths on ascent to and along ridge - difficult route finding in poor weather and wet in places. On descent, short stretch of wet path seriously affected by fallen trees before forestry tracks regained.

Route & map

Car park - Folk Burn north of Craigbrock - Corserine - Milldown - Meikle Millyea - Meikle Lump - track west of McAdam's Burn - start


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

On our visit

Wildlife: Wild goats on Milldown.
Weather: Dull and murky beneath inversion layer, extensive sunshine when all too briefly above it! Light winds but feeling chilly.

[Corserine from underneath the inversion layer]

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