Walk 2-7: The Bye-Ways of Kirkcowan

This low-level walk features the varied landscape north of the pretty village of Kirkcowan and is new territory for Walkfest.


Starting at Shennanton, the route follows the Old Military Road across moors and fields to Halfway House where it crosses into the pleasant wooded policies of Craiglaw House. A quiet country road then leads to the River Tarff at Barnearnie.

The final section into Kirkcowan follows the river before climbing to a viewpoint at Knockbreck above the village church before descending down to the village for a refreshment. The gradient is easy but parts of the route may be wet underfoot and there is a stream crossing.

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Register from 10:30
Depart at 11:00
Travel time 15 minutes
Start from NX 346 632
End at NX 328 607
Return travel time 15 minutes
Return by 15:30
Price (Adult) £10.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £10.00
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Walk 2-7: The Bye-Ways of Kirkcowan