Walk 1-1: Glenkens Pilgrims Way

**SORRY - THIS WALK IS NOW FULLY BOOKED** This walk follows the route of an ancient trade route which has recently benefitted from a makeover thanks to a project led by the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership.


Accompanied by an archaeologist and a guide from the landscape partnership, we will follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims as we travel north from the deserted settlement of Polmaddy to finish in the picturesque village of Carsphairn.

Taking our time, we’ll have plenty of stops to fully appreciate this evocative and special historic route.

Known locally as the Pack Road, we will follow what was for more than 500 years the main route for travellers and the movement of goods from the north down through the Glenkens to the Galloway coast. This path formed an important part of the network of pilgrim’s routes across South West Scotland which brought pilgrims from Glasgow and Edinburgh to the cradle of Christianity in Scotland at Whithorn.

On arrival at the Carsphairn there will be time to visit the interesting local Heritage Centre or enjoy refreshments in the award winning Carsphairn Tearoom.

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End Location

Theme Hills
Register from 08:30
Depart at 09:00
Travel time 60 minutes
Start from NX 598 880
End at NX 397 791
Return travel time 60 minutes
Return by 16:00
Price (Adult) £11.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £11.00
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Walk 1-1: Glenkens Pilgrims Way