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- General Information
- White Coomb
- Broad Law
- Isle of Arran
- Mountain Biking
It goes without saying that hillwalking can be hazardous, and you need to be properly equiped and have the skills to climb and navigate safely on the hills. The walks were completed in the summer of 2008; please check locally that the routes can still be used.
The routes featured here and in the video were walked by us in 2008. The route descriptions have been checked and to the best of our knowledge are accurate. However, you should use them in conjunction with a map and check locally that the routes can still be used. You use them at your own risk; to the extend permitted, we do not accept liability for any losses or injuries.
The website www.visitsouthernscotland.co.uk, and others, list all types of accommodation in the area.
We hope that you have enjoyed this DVD and are inspired to visit the Scottish Lowlands and the Isle of Arran. If you have any comments about this or suggestions for future productions, it would be great to hear from you.
Moffat is just east of junction 15 on the A74(M). In Moffat town centre, bear right onto the A708 to Selkirk and Galashiels. The National Trust for Scotland car park for the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall is on this road about 10 miles from Moffat.
The National Trust for Scotland website has a page for the Grey Mare's Tail nature reserve.
Ordnance Survey Explorer 330 covers this route at 1:25,000
White Coomb and Lochcraig Head
The walk starts at the car park. Cross the river, then climb the well maintained path to the northeast of the burn with views of the waterfalls. If water levels are low, the burn can be crossed just above the falls. The alternative is to continue along the path to Loch Skeen, using the stepping stones at the loch outflow. Once over, head towards the low hill, Upper Tarnberry (NT174151). From there, follow the wall west as it climbs through Rough Craigs and reaches the summit of White Coomb (821 metres).
From the summit, head north a few metres to the fence, then follow it west for about a kilometre to Firthhope Rig. Then head north, still following the fence and wall, past Donald’s Cleuch Head to Firthybrig Head. From here the path drops to the bealach at Talla Nick, then climbs about 100 metres to Lochcraig Head. There is a cairn on the summit plateau overlooking Loch Skeen, although the true summit is a couple of hundred metres to the north.
Leave Lochcraig Head by following the path (and wall) down the east ridge, which turns south after a few hundred metres. As the path levels off, it becomes boggier and less distinct and you have to find your own line back to the shore of the loch. Follow the loch shore south until you reach the outflow and start of Tail Burn. From here, the well-maintained path takes you back to the head of the falls and down to the bridge and car park.
Moffat is just east of junction 15 on the A74(M). Continue through Moffat town centre on the A701, heading north. After 15 miles, turn right at the small village of Tweedsmuir. Follow the minor road for a further 5 miles, past Talla reservoir and up a steep hill to a cattle grid and the Megget Stone. The stone is just after the cattle grid on the right and is only 50 cm high.
Ordnance Survey Explorer 330 covers this route at 1:25,000. However, the summit of Broad Law is only 500 metres from the north edge of the sheet; if you extend the walk north, you will need Explorer 336.
Broad Law from The Megget Stone
From the Megget Stone, cross the road then follow the path, with the fence on your left, over Fans Law and towards Cairn Law. At the point where the fence bears sharp left (NT145214) either follow it, turning right after 100 metres, or head north to pick up the fence after a kilometre or so. You will find yourself on a broad, grassy ridge for the remaining 2 kilometres to the top of Broad Law (840 metres). If the weather is better than for our climb, the summit is recognisable not just by the trig point, but by the air navigation beacon and other aerial masts built there.
Arran is served by two ferry routes. The busier is from Ardrossan on the Ayrshire coast to Brodick, and the other is between Claonaig on the Kintyre peninsula and Lochranza. Both are operated by Caledonian MacBrayne (08000 66 5000)
www.visitarran.net has some good general information about the island
Ordnance Survey Explorer 361 covers the whole of the island (on a double sided map) at 1:25,000. The Harvey Superwalker map of Arran shows the whole island at 1:40,000 and the northern hills at 1:25,000.
Our guide was Lucy Wallace of Arran Wild Walks
Mackrie Moor is on the west coast of Arran, in grid squares NR9032 and 9132. It is accessed from the A841 via the Moss Farm Road. Despite it being such a significant archeological site, the only parking is on the road itself or by the field gates 50 metres north at NR895330.
From the road, the stones are a 5 kilometre round trip. Cross the stile at the start of Moss Farm Road, and after about 800 metres you will pass the first monument, a burial cairn. From here the track climbs slightly as you reach Mackrie Moor itself; the map shows hut circles but these are not easy to see. More prominent is a standing stone to the north of the track and the remains of a chambered cairn to the south. Go through a gate and bear left, and ahead are the ruins of Moss Farm, and beyond, the six stone circles. By the ruins another gate leads to the circles, and an interpretation board shows how the site would have looked when all the stones were in place. The most complete, and most dramatic, is circle 2 with its three tall stones; around these are the stumps which make up the rest of the circle.
Take some time to wander round and soak up the atmosphere of this site, before returning the way you came.
The Three Beinns Walk
The Three Beinns (Beinn Nuis, Beinn Tarsuinn and Beinn a’ Chliabhain) is a ridge walk around Coire a’ Bhradain on the west side of Glen Rosa. On a clear day it offers spectacular views of Goatfell to the east and A’ Chir, Cir Mhor and the Sannox hills to the north. Out to the west are Glen Iorsa, the hills of west Arran and the paps of Jura, whilst Holy Island in Lamlash Bay can be seen to the south.
Our walk starts at the end of the track to Glenrosa campsite, at NR994379. There is space for a few cars here. The track follows the river, Glenrosa Water, and after a kilometre reaches a bridge over the Garbh Allt. Cross the bridge, then turn left and take the path which climbs steeply up the north side of the Garbh Allt. Go through a gate in the deer fence, then contine following the path which bears right across Coire a’ Bhradain and onto the southeast flank of Beinn Nuis. As height is gained, the path becomes clearer. The Liberator crash site is just south of the summit, left of the path at about 700 metres, and Beinn Nuis is 792 metres.
From Beinn Nuis to Beinn Tarsuinn is a straightforward ridge walk; look out for ‘the grey man’ on the ascent just south of the summit of Beinn Tarsuinn (826 metres). Leave the summit heading north, then after about 100 metres pick up a path southeast to the coll and up to Beinn a’ Chliabhain (675 metres). From this hill, head south, initially over rock but as the slope eases, moorland, to pick up the outward track at the deer fence.
There are mountain bike trails throughout the Lowlands and on Arran; the VisitScotland website has details and links for the trails, including cycle hire and other facilities. Also available from this site is the Mountain Biking in Scotland booklet which describes each of the trails.