Bank holidays give the opportunity to spend a long weekend in the hills, the only problem being that those hills can get awfully busy. I am a misanthropic hill walker and prefer solitude to splendor so am always seeking out the quieter spots in this crowded Isle. However there are still places that offer splendor and solitude. I have just got back from one such spot.
The plan had originally been to do a 3 day backpack around the stunning interior of the Galloway forest park, a route that would have offered some of the largest tussocks imaginable to get my teeth into. A grand route was planned with some big days which are needed to get into and out of this wild land. However come mid week I was starting to feel drained and was beginning to just fancy a long lie in. A new plan was hatched, enjoy the hills with a daysack and then spend the night in the comfort of the Bongo. I found some cracking spots to park up for the night, tiny car parks deep in the forest. You know that you are somewhere remote when you drive for 9 miles without passing another vehicle and then spend an undisturbed night with only a cuckoo for company.
A couple of great walks were had including a visit to the remote Clennoch bothy and a demanding circuit of the Rhinns of Kells. The Rhinns of Kells are a superb range of hills and even include a Corbett to tick off. Rugged Scottish scenery and I only saw two couples during the whole day, pretty good considering it was bank holiday Sunday.
A quick photo taken during the ascent of Meikle Millyea.
Today was meant to be spent tramping the northern part of the Rhinns of Kells but I woke up feeling decidedly groggy. A shame as the day dawned bright, hot and sunny. I could not summon the energy to climb hills and then drive the 6 hours home. Instead a quick visit to some sculptures on a scenic drive back.
The area around the Glenkiln reservoir has several sculptures scattered around by artists such as Henry Moore. Well worth turning off the A75 for an hour or so. I even spotted my first ever red squirrel.
Anyway a write up of the walks to come soon, I just need to get it together to do reports of the last two backpacks first!