Screel Hill There-and-Back

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At 1,126 feet, 'The Screel' is far from being the highest of the Solway Hills range to which it belongs, but it can still serve as a satisfactory introduction to tramping the hills of Galloway. You take a steady climb up its forested lower slopes, walk through the heather below its granite ridge and scramble over rocks to attain its summit, from where spectacular views over the Solway may be enjoyed. Forestry operations at the time I climbed The Screel dissuaded me from descending by my intended circular route lower down; instead I opted to return the way I had come, hence 'there-and-back'.

Screel Hill lies to the north of the village of Auchencairn, in the old Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. Please note that there are no refreshments available on this walk, but Auchencairn will oblige.

For local weather forecasts and other relevant information and services go to for Galloway Mountain Rescue's excellent website.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Solway Coast


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Sea, Wildlife, Woodland
7/16/2011 - Shaun McKittrick

A pleasant, short walk which doesn't require that much effort but which rewards you with excellent views. Easy to follow instructions from author and paths are well defined and straightforward to follow. Dog friendly too.