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Another Wee hill to find the better weather

Another Wee hill to find the better weather


Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:05 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Craiglee (Galloway)

Date walked: 22/02/2020

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 14.2 km

Ascent: 650m

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The time had come to make an executive decision and eventually get some fresh air, after scrutinising the weather forecast for the whole of Scotland. The big hills were far too windy so I suggested to Parminder we head SW (again) and tackle a wee hill. I noticed the thread "Munro's in gales" asking about where to head when the forecast is unfavourable, if I have an available space in our busy schedule I would rather stay at home than endure a battering of wind and rain - especially wind.
I noticed the Cairngorms were expecting gusts of 70mph so that was a definite no no and it wasn't much better in the west.
Parminder volunteered to be my co pilot and when we met up at 6.30 Parminder did ask the question "Is this a good idea?". It was literally blowing a hoolie and chucking it down, as we headed over the Forth the car was getting a good wash minus the soap and sponge. The wet stuff finally ceased as we joined the A77 south of Glasgow and Parminder was beginning to think we could strike it lucky.
Leaving Fife early meant we had a good drive and it only took us a shade over 2hrs 30mins.


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We parked at the largish car park that serves the tourists for 'Bruce's Stone', Southern Upland Way, the Merrick & quite a few local Donalds.
We were on our way just after 9am and as Parminder had not been down this way before we had to visit Bruce's Stone.

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Pole position in the car park

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Not far to our first stop

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The blurb for the stone

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The inscription on the Stone

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Looking SW over Loch Trool

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Looking east along Loch Trool and the way we will be heading

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Excellent track/Southern Upland Way that is rather undulating, starting with a bit of a descent

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Buchan Burn, plenty of white water

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Video of Buchan Burn

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Tree has seen better days, makes for a good photo though

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Video of Garland Burn looking rather wild

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Glenhead, plenty of recent building work, the one at the front looks like a hostel?

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The way ahead

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Glenhead Burn

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The way ahead

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Looking back down at Glenhead. The ascent is nice and gentle and great way to gain height

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Interesting clump of trees

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The way up and ahead

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Looking back

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The way ahead quite clear, unfortunately we would be leaving the track soon

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Here we go, time to leave the track - let the fun begin

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That is our target, the trig is visible from quite a distance away

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Looking back at Parminder picking his way across the mud

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Looking back, Parminder admiring the views

I have to say the going wasn't as bad as I was expecting, it was tussocky and very churned up by livestock but I was expecting to be splashing and puddle dodging.

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Looking across to Merrick

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Summit getting nearer, trig can be seen if you zoom in. We had to pick our way through the overhanging rocky ridges

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Video taken on the summit of Craiglee

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Loch Trool in the distance

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Looking south

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Looking across to Merrick - in cloud

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Loch Dee, taken on the descent

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Arty shot of Southern Upland Way post and a bit of white water

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Plenty of these sort of posts along the track

This turned out to be a cracking day and apart from a very brief few spots of rain early on the weather was as forecast. It was blowy higher up as the summit video demonstrates.
Only 4 Marilyns left south of the Central Belt, hopefully get them visited over the next couple of months, weather permitting of course.
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Re: Another Wee hill to find the better weather

Postby Sgurr » Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:04 pm

Good for you for getting out. I flicked through your pics. looking for one of you crossing the Gairland Burn, but then realised you went out the way we came back, and it isn't compulsory. Just as well with the state it was in. Husband reached his 1000 Marilyn on this hill, so we remember it with affection.
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Re: Another Wee hill to find the better weather

Postby BlackPanther » Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:19 pm

Looks interesting enough despite gloomy weather. I think we are now restricted to Subs, with current weather conditions. I hope against logic it will get better later in spring, especially for the spring WH Meet!

Out of curiosity, I checked my Marylin count and discovered, I have recently reached 500 (506 at the moment). Give me another 10 years, I might get to 1000 :lol:

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Re: Another Wee hill to find the better weather

Postby dibs » Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:31 pm

Nice one guys and escaped the crap we had in Fife on Saturday too. :clap:
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