Out and About – Walking

LOCAL WALKS

There is something for everyone in the local area. We are surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and you can start your walks right from the doorstep. The Southern Upland Way can be picked up near Knowehead approximately 12 miles away. There are also some gentle woodland trails at Drumlanrig Castle.

Tynron Doon

The view from the top of Tynron Doon
The view from the top of Tynron Doon

The path to Tynron Doon is sign posted in the village and the walk is approximately two miles long.  The track takes you parallel to the road rising slowly to the top of Craigturra. At the top Tynron Doon can be seen in the distance. The path then crosses the rough open fields (in some places the going can be boggy and there are several small burns to negotiate). The climb to the top of the fort is steep but well worth the slog as, on a good day, you will be rewarded with 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape. A return can be made either by going back the same way or, down the steep slope and across a field in the direction of the road. On reaching the road turn right to return to the village. The fields between Craigturra and Tynron Doon and Tynron Doon and the road almost always contains sheep and often cattle too. Caution is advised when crossing fields containing livestock.

Core Path 53 to Moniaive 2 1/4 miles. Round walk approximately 7 miles

Core path 53 is signposted about 200 metres in to  the Shinnel Glen road.The route follows a track gently rising up hill through fields of sheep, along the edge of Stenhouse Hill then climbs more steeply along the edge of a wood before reaching open countryside. The views from the top of the hill are wonderful on a clear day and you seem to be miles for anywhere. The path sighs are difficult to see in some places. Look for a pedestrian gate on the left and in the distance there will be a way marker and further on a small cairn. The path follows the line of an old wall for the rest of the route. Once you have arrived in Moniaive there are several places for refreshment. to return either retrace your steps or follow the road over the bridge and up the steep hill, following your nose until you find yourself back in Tynron.

Core Path 73 to Penpont– Round walk approximately 8 miles

From Ghillie’s Bothy the path takes you past The Linn where, in season,  you can see salmon and trout leaping up the waterfall. Passing through farmland to the Clone Road turn right and go over the bridge. A sign post will be found 1/4 along the road on the left. The path rises gently through fields and at the top turns right into a small wood. The path through the wood can be very muddy and rutted.  On leaving the wood follow the well trodden grassy path. There are fine view of Penpont and the distant hills on a clear day. The path turns down hill (markers are often not very obvious) and passes through a farm yard. Continue on the farm access road to the road where you will turn left to Penpont. On the corner  you will find a tea room for refreshments before continuing left along the road until you return to Tynron.

Ae Forest htttp://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/forest-of-ae

Marked routes through a tranquil landscape and a seasonal cafe. See website for closures due to forestry work.

Further Afield

Mabie Forest http://scotlandn.forestry.gov.uk/visit/mabie

A range of walks to suit all abilities with the opportunity for some wild life spotting. See website for closures due to forestry work.

 

 

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