** SORRY - THIS WALK IS FULLY BOOKED ** No Walkfest would be complete without at least one ascent of the highest top in the South of Scotland, the Merrick. This route has the Merrick as the only summit, and from its location, the panoramic views are unsurpassed.
Our walk starts on the Straiton hill road near Kirriereoch Loch, from where we follow forest roads which lead towards Kirriemore Hill and on to the open hillside, with a long steady climb up one of the fingers of the Awfu Hand to the 843 metre summit and the trig point at the top of the Merrick.
From here there is a steep descent down Redstone Rig towards Loch Enoch and the Grey Man of the Merrick, followed by a pleasant stroll along the Buchan Ridge to the south top, with a stunning view of Loch Trool.
The final section is a short steep descent and an easy walk to the finish at Bruce's Stone.