Fallburn - Tinto Hill - Fallburn

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A terrific short, though steep, hill walk up the highest hill in Lanarkshire (707 metres), which has one of the largest hilltop cairns in Scotland. Good paths make for easy walking and straightforward navigation in poor weather.

The hill is best climbed in good clear weather though, to get the most out of the outstanding 360° views of the surrounding Clyde Valley below. On a clear day the views extend to the hills north of Glasgow, east to the Pentland Hills at Edinburgh, south to the Border, Moffat and Lowther Hills and west to the Isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde.

The name Tinto possibly derives from the Scottish Gaelic word 'teinnteach', meaning 'fiery', due to the exposed red felsite rock. On the return part of the walk you have the chance to see this rock more closely by taking a path along the scree slopes above Maurice's Cleuch.

Finally near the end of the route you will see the remains of an Iron Age fort, though sadly not much now remains except for the grass-covered walls and ditches.

Scotland - South Scotland - South Lanarkshire - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Public Transport, Wildlife
27/07/2016 - Richard Hardy

Nice walk - I did it yesterday and if it hadn't have been written up I was going to do it as a1 waypoint so Robert's directions are excellent. Nice hill for inexperienced walkers to start on as it's impossible to get lost even in poor visibility (well you'd have to really work at it !). the toposcope has been replaced but appears to be a few degrees out of true

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