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A Guide to the Corbetts of the Southern Uplands

Collectively they will take you to beautiful villages and through some spectacular scenery, with 6 of the 7 being in Dumfries & Galloway. Absolutely perfect if you are planning a holiday to the area. It is so easy when thinking of ‘Scotland’ and ‘Mountains’ to immediately think you have to run to the Highlands, but I assure you that isn’t …

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Cairnsmore of Carsphairn

Cairnsmore of Carsphairn is the most northerly of the Dumfries & Galloway Corbett’s, sitting to the north-east of the little village of Carsphairn on the A713 road that links Castle Douglas and Ayr. A lovely hill that I’ve bagged before, it has been absent from the blog for far too long and has been on my to-do list since the …

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Broad Law via Dollar Law & Cramalt Craig

I climbed Broad Law a few years ago with a friend and deemed it unworthy of a story on my blog. It was a short day, an easy enough climb and had a summit scarred by a variety of installations (including one for Air Traffic Control!). Most of the big walking websites seem to concur, with words such as ‘unremarkable’ …

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The Grey Mare’s Tail & White Coomb

White Coomb is a relatively easy to climb Corbett in the east of Dumfries & Galloway in the Moffat hills (close to the wonderful Hart Fell Horse Shoe walk I have done previously). At 2, 694ft it is the third biggest Corbett in the south of Scotland and well worth doing, but perhaps not for the actual hill itself. You …

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The Merrick & The Shepherd’s Hut

I was recently invited to spend a free night in a Shepherd’s Hut in the beautiful Dumfries & Galloway countryside and how could I say no? Dumfries and Galloway is one of my favourite places in Scotland and is underrated and overlooked by many in my opinion. I've posted quite a few blogs based in #DumfriesandGalloway: I love the area! …

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Why You Should Climb Corserine and the Rhinns of Kells

Is there a summit somewhere in the world that you have reached more than once? Is there a cairn somewhere high up, that you have gotten used to seeing? That you could happily climb to another dozen times and not get bored of it? There is for me and it is called Corserine, a Corbett in the Galloway Forest Park …

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The Hart Fell Horse Shoe

Sometimes a great walk doesn’t need beautiful sunshine and blue skies: sometimes it needs rain, clouds and healthy dose of blizzard. That’s what I got on my recent hike up Hart Fell. Hart Fell is a Corbett lying about 6 miles to the north-west of the pretty little town of Moffat in Southern Scotland. At 2,650 feet it’s nowhere near …

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Shalloch on Minnoch in Dumfries & Galloway

I love being out in the hills. The scenery, the quiet, the wildlife…it’s one of the most effective methods of relaxation I know. Amongst the heather you’ll be hard-pressed to find concrete, car engines or any other distraction of modern society. So on a sunny Sunday in February, I headed for the smallest of Dumfries & Galloway’s Corbetts: Shalloch on …