Walk 1-2: The Black Gutter

This route is a great way to explore the Galloway Hills, including a dramatic ascent of Merrick, the highest point in the south west of Scotland.


Starting near Kirriereoch, Kirriemore Hill is accessed from Kirriemore road end. We then follow the U shaped valley alongside the Kirshinnoch Burn on the south side keeping close to the towering cliffs of the Black Gutter and Black Gairy. Out of the shadows of the cliffs, we climb to Little Spear and on to the summit of the Merrick (843 metres). The descent to Loch Trool is via the Rig of the Gloon to Culsharg.

Starting Location

End Location

Theme Hills
Register from 08:30
Depart at 09:00
Travel time 45 minutes
Start from NW 358 866
End at NX 414 802
Return travel time 30 minutes
Return by 17:45
Price (Adult) £15.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £15.00
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Walk 1-2: The Black Gutter