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Walk: Shafts & balls of Lowther Hill

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Dumfries & Galloway / South Lanarkshire | Lowther Hills | Half day walk | ★★★

An odd assortment of shafts and balls grace the two highest points in the Lowther Hills, on the border between Dumfriesshire and Lanarkshire. The unsightly paraphernalia of radar tracking stations, radio masts, old mineshafts and even a cluster of ski runs mean this is hardly the place to get away from all signs of human activity, but on the plus side, the tarmac access road to the summit buildings can be used to make speedy progress between the two summits of Lowther Hill and Green Lowther. Starting from Wanlockhead helps too: this former mining village is Scotland's highest settlement. The panoramas from the top are exceptionally wide-ranging: if you're lucky enough to get clear air on the day of your climb - as we were - you may be able to spot the Isle of Arran, the West Highlands and even the Paps of Jura: the latter just a shade under 100 miles away. Our circuit adds in East Mount Lowther a…

Walk: Heathery Broughton Heights

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Scottish Borders | Broughton | Half day walk | ★★★

Broughton Heights is the highest part of a group of hills northeast of Broughton village, bounded by a triangle of roads. A handy car park near Broughton Place castle allows easy access to the western half of the range, with an approach through the very scenic glen cut by the Hollows Burn. This pleasant Borders round - coloured by swathes of heather in late summer - visits no fewer than 8 named summits on 1:25000 Ordnance Survey maps. Fear not - many of the hills have imperceptible reascent between them. And the views more than compensate for the occasional steep sections, with Tinto, Culter Fell and upper Clydesdale all easily picked out.


đź“Ś Walk: Heathery Broughton Heights ★★★
Start / finish at car park above Broughton Place, minor road half a mile northeast of Broughton, G.R.: NT 120374 ///degree.jumbo.polar

▶ 11 km / 7 mi | ▲ 610 m | ⌚ Half a day | ⬤ Tough
Features: △ Pyked Stane Hill / Broughton Heights (571 m, sub-2000'); △ Ha…