Walk 7-2: Billy Marshall's cave

This route over Cairnsmore of Fleet reveals more about a colourful Galloway character - Billy Marshall


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From the drop off point the route descends down the attractive valley of the Palnure Burn and then commences the climb towards the Cairnsmore of Fleet.

The forest road is left behind in order to walk through a dramatic canyon in the granite where the Louran Burn has carved its way down through the granite slabs. The route follows the burn to the top of the forest and across the moor to Billy Marshall’s cave which nestles below Eastman’s Cairn.

Billy Marshall was born in 1666 and was known as the king of the gipsies. Having served as a soldier he was able to organise the country people who lost land when landowners built stone dykes and walls – his men went round knocking them down. It was claimed that he was married 17 times and was 120 years old when he died.

Leaving the cave the route climbs towards the Nick of the Saddle where there are spectacular views to the East and West. There follows a ridge walk to Millfore Hill and then down over tussocky ground to the forest road leading to the Queensway and transport home.

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Theme Hills Biosphere
Register from 09:00
Depart at 09:30
Travel time 30 minutes
Start from NX 488 715
End at NX 522 732
Return travel time 30 minutes
Return by 17:30
Price (Adult) £11.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £11.00
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Walk 7-2: Billy Marshall's cave