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The quick route round two Galloway Corbetts

The quick route round two Galloway Corbetts


Postby Johnny Corbett » Sat May 25, 2013 10:03 am

Corbetts included on this walk: Merrick, Shalloch on Minnoch

Donalds included on this walk: Kirriereoch Hill, Merrick, Shalloch on Minnoch, Tarfessock

Date walked: 23/05/2013

Time taken: 6.15 hours

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I wanted to do both these Corbetts and Donalds in the one outing, including the new Donald but didn't want to retrace my steps back along the ridge. All the books and sites i read gave them as seperate walks and most reports were also singles with a few retracing steps or using two cars. After studying the map i decided to head to Kirriereoch and see how far i could drive up the track, i managed to get as far as the quarry and set off from there. It was intention to pick up the track near Kirriemore Hill on my return but i managed to get on a track close to the Knocklach Burn and followed it back to the car, walking most of the track i'd driven up earlier in the day. Back to the route, i took the track which leads to the Braes of Mullachgeny and a stone wall, which has to be climbed before heading over the rough ground and up to Benyellany, a new Donald. Although crossing over the gound was uneven and boggy in bit, deer paths helped at times. From Benyellany i followed the path to Merrick continueing to Shalloch on Minnoch via the two Donalds, Kirriereoch Hill and Tarfessock. I stopped for lunch just before the climb to the last Corbett and stopped on the ridge behind some of the large boulders for shelter at times due to the strong wind. From Shalloch on Minnoch i made my way down the south west ridge and as said earlier caught the track back to the start. The walk took me 6hrs 15mins and could be shortened if not interested in the new Donald, far quicker than returning back the way you came if you start at the usual points.
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Benyellany from the start

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Craignaw

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Merrick

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Merrick summit

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Loch Doon

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Corserine

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Kirriereoch and Shalloch on Minnoch

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Merrick

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Kirriereoch summit

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Tarfessock and Shalloch on Minnoch

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Loch Macaterick

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Rocks make good shelters

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Tarfessock

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Tarfessock summit

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Shalloch on Minnoch summit

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A look back

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View from summit

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View to Ailsa Craig

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Didn't like driving under this

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Back at the car

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The quarry


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Re: The quick route round two Galloway Corbetts

Postby gmr82 » Mon May 27, 2013 10:52 am

Good walk there JC combining the both of them. Will keep the route in mind for future, pity its such a long drive (timewise) for me
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Re: The quick route round two Galloway Corbetts

Postby PeteR » Mon May 27, 2013 11:46 am

Nice one JC :D

Good to see there are views from Merrick :lol: I'll definitely have to return one day, and this looks like a good circuit to try :D
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Re: The quick route round two Galloway Corbetts

Postby kevsbald » Mon May 27, 2013 12:05 pm

You had a great day for it - a splungefest was how I remembered Shalloch on Minnoch although fine higher up.
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Re: The quick route round two Galloway Corbetts

Postby rockhopper » Mon May 27, 2013 8:04 pm

Nice one, JC - must keep this in mind for when I do eventually head southwards - cheers :)
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Re: The quick route round two Galloway Corbetts

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon May 27, 2013 10:04 pm

gmr82 wrote:Good walk there JC combining the both of them. Will keep the route in mind for future, pity its such a long drive (timewise) for me
Thanks, not as far as you think though, 2hrs from Livingston :D
PeteR wrote:Nice one JC :D

Good to see there are views from Merrick :lol: I'll definitely have to return one day, and this looks like a good circuit to try :D
Thanks Pete, these must be your local hills
kevsbald wrote:You had a great day for it - a splungefest was how I remembered Shalloch on Minnoch although fine higher up.
Cheers all good bar the wind
rockhopper wrote:Nice one, JC - must keep this in mind for when I do eventually head southwards - cheers :)
Thanks, i reckon you could get a good circuit round the Galloway Hills with an overnight camp :D
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Re: The quick route round two Galloway Corbetts

Postby Collaciotach » Mon May 27, 2013 10:25 pm

Never been in these hills passed thru plenty.

Interesting mix of Gaelic ,Welsh and Scots in the names . Grand report you do not half get about JC :clap:
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