The Fell of Barhullion

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The modest summit of the Fell of Barhullion is easily reached via gentle gradients, but the panoramic views are amazing. No wonder that this site was chosen by our ancestors for a hill-fort. On a clear day one can see not only the Galloway Hills and the Isle of Man, but also the Buttermere Fells and the Mountains of Mourne!

The walk begins at the car park at Back Bay, which also provides the start for Walks 1817 and 3785. The route ascends to the clifftop path above Monreith Bay and crosses onto a good, gently rising farm track over moorland. It passes Blairbuy Loch and Farm, then takes the lovely 'green lane' which leads onto the slopes of the Fell of Barhullion, beyond the ruined farmhouse of the same name and on to the open hillside. On the way up there are cup-and-ring markings and the fell summit with its substantial cairn provides all the 360-degree views one could wish whilst perhaps relaxing over an al fresco lunch.

The descent is again a gentle exercise and once another farm track is gained, the way back is straightforward and downhill all the way. There is a chance if desired to revisit the Gavin Maxwell memorial passed on the outward journey and to divert to inspect the disused Kirkmaiden Church perched high above the shore.

Please note that there are no refreshments available on this walk, but just up the road from Monreith at 375402 is the admirable Monreith Wildlife Park (01988-700217), which has a cafe offering drinks and snacks. A visit to see the animals after your walk is highly recommended.

Information for Dog Owners: subject always to the normal precautions to be observed by dog-owners when walking in sheep country, this walk is thought suitable for biddable dogs.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Moors

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Moor, Sea, Toilets, Wildlife