Walk: Tinto - Hill of Fire

South Lanarkshire | Tinto Hills | Half day walk | ★★★★

[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 peaks 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.

[View from the south at Wiston Mains (not on this walking route) (9/4/19)]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Tinto - Hill of Fire ★★★★
Start / finish at Fallburn, minor road 1 mi southwest of Thankerton, G.R.: NS 964375 ///scars.relax.rationed
🚌 Bus to Thankerton (0.5 mi) | 🚗 Car park - gets full

▶ 7 km / 4 mi | ▲ 490 m | ⌚ Half a day
Features: Fallburn Fort; △ Tinto (711 m, Graham / Donald)
Moderate | Wide dirt path, on gravel higher up - sustained but relatively gentle ascent.

Route: Start - Fallburn Fort - Totherin Hill - Tinto - return by outward route


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On our visit

Wildlife: The odd sheep, distant grouse exploding from the heather, and a few uninterested midges.
Weather: Sunny and clear above valley haze, with little wind. 7ºC at start but warming up quickly.

Chronological photo guide

[View from the start]

[Lower slopes]

[The path to the summit is easy to follow, but a bit of a slog]

[Looking down Maurice's Cleuch - on the western branch where the path bifurcates]

[Maurice's Cleuch]

[Eastern branch of the path]

[Approaching the summit]

[Tinto summit cairn]

[Looking south from the summit towards the Border hills; Skiddaw in the English Lake District visible on the right]

[Looking west]

[Looking north]

[Head back down by the route of ascent]

[View from the south at Wiston Mains (not on the walking route) (9/4/19)]

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