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The Roof of Southern Scotland

The Roof of Southern Scotland


Postby roscoT » Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:50 pm

Route description: The Merrick, from Loch Trool

Corbetts included on this walk: Merrick

Donalds included on this walk: Merrick

Date walked: 26/09/2015

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 13.3 km

Ascent: 1179m

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Was staying in Dumfries & Galloway with friends at the September weekend and with a good Saturday afternoon forecast, a wee jaunt to the Merrick with the wee dug was just what the doctor ordered.

This route was a lot more taxing and varied than I had at first thought. It's split into 3 sections: first from Bruce's stone at Loch Trool up through the pleasant valley of the Buchan Burn to the bothy; then a steep climb through a forestry plantation; and finally a long climb over open ground over Benyellary and finally The Merrick itself.

My camera wasn't working for the first 2 sections, so only have limited photos unfortunately. Alas, another cracker of a day out and, the Merrick being the highest summit in all of southern Scotland, the views in every direction were simply stunning.

Imageimage by Ross Thomson, on Flickr

Imageimage by Ross Thomson, on Flickr

Imageimage by Ross Thomson, on Flickr

Imageimage by Ross Thomson, on Flickr

Imageimage by Ross Thomson, on Flickr

Imageimage by Ross Thomson, on Flickr

Imageimage by Ross Thomson, on Flickr

Imageimage by Ross Thomson, on Flickr

Imageimage by Ross Thomson, on Flickr

Imageimage by Ross Thomson, on Flickr

Imageimage by Ross Thomson, on Flickr

Imageimage by Ross Thomson, on Flickr

Imageimage by Ross Thomson, on Flickr
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Re: The Roof of Southern Scotland

Postby Gordie12 » Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:36 pm

Love the shot of your wee dug taking in the views :clap: :clap:

Don't really know this part of the world but it looks pretty good from your photos.
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Re: The Roof of Southern Scotland

Postby teaandpies » Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:59 pm

You beat me to it this time Gordie :lol:

I was gonna say that's a cracking image of the wee dog :clap:
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Re: The Roof of Southern Scotland

Postby roscoT » Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:10 pm

My first time hillwalking in this part of the world, and gotta say I was mighty impressed! Nice wee change of scenery

The dog photo was entirely a fluke, although has been well received - posted it on a hillwalking facebook forum and it's knocking on for 500 likes! Think I might have to get it on a canvas for her to look at, so she hark back to these halcyon days once she gets old and arthritic :lol:
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Re: The Roof of Southern Scotland

Postby teaandpies » Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:24 pm

roscoT wrote:My first time hillwalking in this part of the world, and gotta say I was mighty impressed! Nice wee change of scenery

The dog photo was entirely a fluke, although has been well received - posted it on a hillwalking facebook forum and it's knocking on for 500 likes! Think I might have to get it on a canvas for her to look at, so she hark back to these halcyon days once she gets old and arthritic :lol:


That's a good idea, nobody prints pictures anymore, go for it.

This would make a great September page of a calendar :wink:
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