Walk up The Merrick from Loch Trool

Route Summary:

A walk up The Merrick from Glen Trool and a visit to Bruce’s Stone

14.3 km 992 m 4-5 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Start and Finish: Car park at the end of the public road in Glen Trool


The Glentrool Visitor Centre has toilets and a cafe and there are toilets, shops and plenty of places to eat and drink in Newton Stewart.


Some of the walk is through forested areas and between June and September midges can really spoil your day if you are not well-protected. There are various products available but Smidge seems to be effective for most people.

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Public Transport:

There is no public transport to the start/finish of the walk but there is a service to Glentrool village.

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Parking and Post Code for Sat Nav (where applicable): DG8 6SU is the nearest postcode

From the A714 take the minor road at Bargrennan and keep right at Glentrool village. Ignore two roads on the right and continue to the end of the public road. Park in the free car park.

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Walk up The Merrick from Loch Trool Details

At 843m, The Merrick is the highest mountain in the Southern Uplands of Scotland and as such it is popular, particularly during public holidays. It sits amongst the rolling hills of Galloway and enjoys excellent views to the northern Lake District fells, the Isle of Man and the coast of Northern Ireland.

Walk up The Merrick Route Description

From the car park head north-east and take the path signed ‘Merrick Trail’. The path rises on the left of the Buchan Burn and eventually reaches a gate.

Walk up The Merrick from Loch Trool

The Buchan Burn

Walk up The Merrick from Loch Trool

Benyellary and The Merrick

Pass through the gate and continue through a forested area. The path leads onto a flat, open area and passes to the left of the Culsharg bothy.

Walk up The Merrick from Loch Trool

Approaching Culsharg bothy (centre left)

From the bothy the path climbs through trees and reaches a forest track. Turn right, cross a bridge and almost immediately, take the path on the left which continues uphill through the forest.

The path emerges from the forest onto open ground and continues north-west before reaching a gate. Pass through the gate and turn north-east. Keep to the right of the stone wall and reach the summit of Benyellary at 719m.

Walk up The Merrick from Loch Trool

The Merrick from Benyellary

From here the path takes us along the broad ridge of Neive of the Spit, just one of the strange names in the immediate area. There are excellent views down into the bowl on the right.

Continue over the open ground to reach the summit cairn and trig point on The Merrick. There are expansive views in every direction.

Walk up The Merrick from Loch Trool

The Merrick summit

Walk up The Merrick from Loch Trool

The view west from The Merrick

Walk up The Merrick from Loch Trool

Sun on the Solway Firth

Having rested and taken photos, return via the outbound route but when you reach the start of the public road, take the path on the left which climbs briefly to reach Bruce’s Stone.

Walk up The Merrick from Loch Trool

Bruce’s Stone

There are good views down over Loch Trool and more information surrounding the stone can be found here.

Head back down to the road and return to the car park.

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1 Comment
  1. Chris Smith 4 months ago

    Thanks for this detailed description. Having moved to the area recently, I look forward to getting out in the hills soon with my camera.

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