4 of 5 (13 votes)

The Lowther Hills

A leisurely walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, about 8.60km (5.34 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 337m (1105ft)
Descent 318m (1043ft)
Max. Elevation 730m (2395ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 655m (2148ft)
Start & End
Distance 8.60km
Duration ~3:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 07 May 2010
The Lowther Hills are the highest section of the Southern Upland Way, and make for some of the best walking in the region. The fells are easy to ascend, with vast grassy slopes. Wanlockhead, an old mining village that is Scotland's highest at 1531 feet makes the ideal base. Buses run to Sanquhar, which has a train station.

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Take the bus to Wanlockhead, an old mining village sat in the Mennock Pass. Head for the Visitor Centre in the village; behind here are signs for the Southern Upland Way.
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As you reach Stake Hill, look for the tracking heading south (away from the SUW). This leads to Lowther Hill.
About 1.20 km (~0.75 miles) from
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The path zigzags up the western side of Lowther Hill, which reaches 725m. Fantastic views from the summit.
About 1.72 km (~1.07 miles) from
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A track leads from Lowther Hill towards Green Lowther, seven metres higher at 732m.
About 1.63 km (~1.01 miles) from
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Descend Green Lowther via the northwestern ridge, down to the old mine workings. Mining was once big business around here - there is even gold found in the hills.
About 1.79 km (~1.11 miles) from
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Paths will lead you back towards the B797, which runs to Wanlockhead.
About 1.40 km (~0.87 miles) from
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Back to the village, where buses, accommodation and pubs await - the Wanlockhead Inn is a good bet: wanlockheadinn.com
About 0.61 km (~0.38 miles) from

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