This route across Millfore explores the Minnigaff Hills – an often overlooked area when visiting Galloway, which is unfortunate as they offer a different experience where wilderness and solitude are key features.
The route starts at the former outdoor centre at Craigencallie and follows a forest road to Droughandruie Strand where a steep climb over rough ground leads to Cairngarroch. The Rhinns of Kells appear invitingly on the other side of the valley and it is worth stopping to appreciate the view.
The route then heads southwesterly, passing the Buckdas of Cairnbaber and onto the high point of Millfore (656 metres) and then Fuffock Loch beside Drigmorn Hill. During World War 2 a Liberator crashed nearby, with all eight crew perishing, and it may be possible to visit the site.
From Drigmorn the descent to the finish at Auchinleck Bridge is straight forward, but is often wet underfoot and passes the old farmhouse at Drigmorn.
Note - this walk is now expected to return around 30 minutes later than originally advertised at 5.30pm