Hiking adventures #2 The Merrick

Conquer southwest Scotland’s highest peak – the Merrick! It’s a day trip from Wigtown and if you choose only one hill walk or hike during your stay it should be this one. At 843m high, The Merrick is the highest peak in these parts and known as a Corbett in hill height classification.

Family activity

Hill walking is a great family activity and this ascent path is fairly straightforward but it is pretty much all uphill, so ensure all in your party are in good shape to tackle it. The views at the top however are well worth it, with Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Man and Northern Island all visible from the summit.

Robert the Bruce at Loch Trool

Start at with a quick detour from the car park to see the Bruce’s Stone at the head of Loch Trool. This cairn commerorates Robert the Bruce’s victory over an English cavalry five times the size of his own army in an act of guerilla warfare on the shores of Loch Trool. Then join the path, signed the Merrick Trail.

Be prepared

Allow yourselves 4-5 hours for the trip up and down. Do carry appropriate equipment (maps/gps/guides) and clothing as the weather can change quickly. For info and in case you need refreshments, there is a newly refurbished visitor’s centre nearby which has a cafe and shop.

One of our regular guests says her holiday to Galloway isn’t complete unless she has done the Merrick!

For a more comprehensive review of the route up the Merrick have a read on walkhighlands.

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