The Rhinns of Kells

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The Galloway Hills embrace six mountain ranges and this superb ridge walk visits eight summits of over 2,000 feet (seven Donalds and a Corbett) in the Rhinns of Kells, with wonderful views throughout, notably of Loch Doon and the Range of the Awful Hand.

Starting from the track near Garryhorn Farm, the route rises onto moorland and visits the desolate site of the former Woodhead Lead Mine, where cottages, schoolhouse, magazine, chimneys, leats, air shafts etc are still to be seen. The community once numbered some 300.

A faint path leads onto Corran of Portmark at 2,042ft and the route continues along a ridge to the successive summits of Bow (2,002ft), Meaul (2,280ft), Carlin's Cairn (2,650ft), Corserine (2,668ft), Millfire (2,350ft), Milldown (2,410ft) and Meikle Millyea (2,455ft). There is then a steep, rather tricky descent to the forest road leading to Forrest Lodge.

This walk was one of twenty presented by the 2006 Newton Stewart Walking Festival ( and was ably led by Mr Steve Kew, local mountain rescue team member and author of 'Walking the Munros'.

Information for Dog Owners: the walk is considered unsuitable for dogs.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Southern Uplands


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Moor, Mountains, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland