I was blown away and back to the pub on my pilgrimage from St John's Town of Dalry at the end of April. This is a large part of the route I missed.
Caught a late train to New Cumnock, walked along Afton Water-Blackcraig Hill-Blacklorg Hill-Alwhat-Alhang- Windy Standard-Clennoch bothy-Cairnsmore of Carsphairn-Carsphairn.
Travelled light, just a sleeping bag so I could bivi on top of Cairnsmore of Carsphairn then walk out for bus at the village in the morning. Someone had left a half bottle of whisky at Clennoch bothy, had some as I read bothy book before climbing the hill - made for a good sleep. Apart from local dogwalkers at the start met nobody on this walk. My tip for sleeping out without a tent is forget the whisky but take fleece hat & gloves & pair dry socks.
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