Walk: Screel Hill - rocky ridge, wide views

Dumfries & Galloway | Palnackie | Half day walk | ★★★

[Screel Hill]

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]

📌 Walk: Screel Hill - rocky ridge, wide views ★★★
Start / finish at car park by minor road, just off A711 2 mi south of Palnackie, G.R.: NX 800547 ///permit.fevered.snow

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 330 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: △ Screel Hill (344 m)
Terrain: Track for first 400 m 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.

Route & map

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

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: Fungi, blackberries.
Weather: Hazy sunshine, especially at summit; lightish wind, temperature just into low teens.

[The ascent through forest is varied and atmospheric]


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