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The Merrick the highest and busiest Border Corbett

The Merrick the highest and busiest Border Corbett


Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:02 pm

Route description: The Merrick, from Loch Trool

Corbetts included on this walk: Merrick

Donalds included on this walk: Merrick

Date walked: 28/05/2017

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 13.28 km

Ascent: 821m

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Two down two to go, Sunday had promised to be the best weather so this had to be the hill to do. I have been looking forward to doing this one for a long time now and it certainly did not disappoint especially since as most of the climb up saw low cloud shrouding the summit top only for it to open up and to clear after ten minutes after reaching the summit.

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From the car park walk along the path marked The Merrick Trail, soon you will find this gate walking along a well used and established path
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The bothy in the trees with Benyellerary in the background
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At the back of the bunkhouse you cross a track and pass through a gate before entering a steeper climb through the woods
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From the woods side of the gate looking back down the good path
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As your coming out of the woods onto the hillside proper
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Looking back to the woods
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Further up the hillside looking back at the mast on Kirriemore hill
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Looking back on to Benyellary from the lower slopes of Merrick
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Summit trig point of Merrick surrounded by a stone shelter
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50th Ascent plaque on top of trig point
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The views opening up on the summit after a ten minute wait Loch Eroch
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Looking down a drystone dyke
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Another of the dyke
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Ailsa Craig in the background
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Heading back down to the woods
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A wee lizard on the path which I managed to miss stepping on
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On the way back a clearer picture of Benyellary
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Robert The Bruce Stone
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Loch Trool
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Robert The Bruce Stone at the start of the walk overlooking Loch Trool
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A Galloway sunset
Last edited by The Rodmiester on Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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The Rodmiester
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Re: The Merrick the highest and busiest Border Corbett

Postby KatTai » Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:00 pm

Great report! I booked a cottage in Dumfries and Galloway for our holiday in October and this one is on my to-do list!
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Re: The Merrick the highest and busiest Border Corbett

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:20 pm

KatTai wrote:Great report! I booked a cottage in Dumfries and Galloway for our holiday in October and this one is on my to-do list!


Hi there KatTai, hope you get good weather, I loved this wee hill, maybe do midweek if you can to avoid the crowds. Other good hills nearby checkout other reports, enjoy :D
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Re: The Merrick the highest and busiest Border Corbett

Postby KatTai » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:15 am

The Rodmiester wrote:
KatTai wrote:Great report! I booked a cottage in Dumfries and Galloway for our holiday in October and this one is on my to-do list!


Hi there KatTai, hope you get good weather, I loved this wee hill, maybe do midweek if you can to avoid the crowds. Other good hills nearby checkout other reports, enjoy :D


Hope so! I'll go mid-week, we arrive and leave on the Saturday and OH wants to explore the old bookshops which will probably be quieter during the week, then we can leave him there and go walking lol
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