This is the second of the big walks in this year's programme and deserves its classification as much of the route is on steep and rough ground and should only be considered by experienced and fit hill walkers.
Starting at Bruce's Stone, the track to Glenhead is followed through ancient oak woodlands before a short section on the Southern Upland Way leads to the site of the Battle of Glentrool. At this point the route heads south and the ascent of Mulldonoch is challenging with the better part of 500 metres climbed in 1.4 kilometres!
A coffee break to catch breath and appreciate the views will be most welcome.
From here to Lamachan is another 2 kilometres but the ascent of 200 metres is less steep than the first section. Lamachan at 717 metres is the highest point in the Minnigaff Hills and a Donald.
A short descent to the Nick of the Brushy is followed by an easy climb to Larg Hill with a long descent to Sheuchan Craig and the final short climb to Garlick Hill where a different perspective of the day's walk can be appreciated. A forest road is then taken to the finish at Glenshalloch.