The Merrick

The hike up to the top of the Merrick (843 m / 2765 ft) is a wonderful day out on varied and interesting terrain with lovely views for almost the entire way.

Technical sheet
No. 26275578
A Dumfries and Galloway walk posted on 01/09/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 29/09/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 6h25[?]
Distance Distance : 13.39km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 913m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 913m
Highest point Highest point : 836m
Lowest point Lowest point : 128m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Dumfries and Galloway
Starting point Starting point : N 55.091598° / W 4.486203°
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Grassy ridge leading to the Merrick

Description

Start : Bruce's Stone car park (DG8 6FA) Grid ref. NX 41386 80294

(D/A) From Bruce's Stone car park, continue North-East along the road.

(1) On the right, you have the optional short detour to visit Bruce's Stone itself, then return to this point. If you'd like to do that, turn right (South) and you will find the stone 100m down the path. Otherwise, go to (2).

(2) Continue ahead to The Merrick Trail which starts here, at a large information board. The first section of the trail winds its way uphill on a well-defined path alongside the pretty Buchan Burn. It then levels out, passing through an area of forestry, and arriving next to Culsharg Bothy 1.75km up, at 260m elevation.

(3) From here, the path starts a fairly steep ascent, arriving at a forestry track after 260m. The continuation of the route is through a gate in the deer fence at the other side of the road. You will enter a small forest which is probably the steepest section of the entire walk. Emerging from the forest, the path heads out onto open hillside.

(4) At 515m elevation or about 1km from the forestry track, there is another gate to go through.

(5) The track then begins to bend to the right and at 620m elevation it meets up with an old dry stone wall which it follows North East up the hillside.

(6) The summit of Bennyellary is reached, marked by a large cairn. Continue past this summit, heading North to descend slightly then cross a wide grassy ridge with a steep drop on your right-hand side. You are still following the course of the dry stone wall, which should be on your left.

(7) After beginning another ascent, the path begins to come away from the wall (heading North East) at 710m elevation. It is then an easy final ascent to the top of the Merrick. This summit is marked by a trig point surrounded by a walk-in cairn.

(8) Return via the same route to Bruce's Stone car park (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 129m - Bruce’s Stone, Loch Trool
1 : km 0.24 - alt. 154m - Bruce's Stone
2 : km 0.47 - alt. 150m - The Merrick Trail information board
3 : km 2.45 - alt. 310m - Forestry track and gate in deer fence
4 : km 3.45 - alt. 509m - Gate
5 : km 4 - alt. 609m - Dry stone wall
6 : km 4.5 - alt. 711m - Bennyellary summit
7 : km 5.7 - alt. 715m - Path comes away from wall
8 : km 6.7 - alt. 836m - Merrick summit
D/A : km 13.39 - alt. 129m - Bruce’s Stone, Loch Trool

Useful Information

Start : Bruce's Stone car park (DG8 6FA) Grid ref. NX 41386 80294

Transport
Car park at Bruce’s Stone, Loch Trool (DG8 6SU is nearest postcode)

Terrain
Some steep hilly terrain. A mix of gravel and earth/grass footpaths. Two gates.

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During the walk or to do/see around

  • Bruce’s Stone
  • Loch Trool
  • Culsharg Bothy
  • Bennyellary 719m
  • Merrick 843m

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