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Name:Bainloch Hill
Hill number:1795
Height:287m / 942ft
RHB Section:27C: The Glenkens to Annandale
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway (UA)
Catchment:Minor Rivers only (North)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Yeaman
Grid ref:NX 89349 57090
Summit feature:cairn on rocky outcrop
Col:98m  NX874625  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 84
(1:25k) 313
Survey:obvious summit
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 138 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Parked just S of Doonside. Followed forest (not on maps) as others. Cairn marking firebreak easily spotted. Great route; thanks everyone! With Alfie.Dangerous Dave02/02/2020
From Doonside. Parked 100m north of end of logging road, where there is a large hard standing area beside a field gate. Up logging road. Didn't take track into forest marked by a cairn, shortly after first firebreak, but continued a couple of hundred metres further to the next firebreak, marked by a very small cairn across the ditch. Easily up firebreak, then short stroll through heather to summit.vuirich10/01/2020
Took the forestry road as others but almost missed the firebreak so built up the cairn at its junction with the forestry road to ensure everyone subsequently finds the easiest route.summitter05/09/2019
Parked off road just south of Fairgirth then short road walk to the timber road (where there is some space to park). Followed instructions and found fire break as promised - thanks. Views were decent on a poor day but beat the approaching downpour.SS26/01/2019
Parked Doonside nx8802756891, new building near complete so this parking spot may not be permanent. Don't miss the fire break its overgrown and the other side of a ditch.G0HIO28/05/2018
Parked just inside farm entrance as road too narrow (NX 88186 57228). Good logging track to NX 89311 57346 whence rough and steep fire break before clearing the forest and veering off SW for the top. With Alex C.jonglew22/03/2018
Shared some Fox's biscuits up here in memory of Alison, whose funeral it was today. Very misty and atmospheric.Alex C22/03/2018
Early start to catch the break of dawn over the Solway... took the new forest track as others and made quick easy ground to the boggy but not too long thin firebreak. Great views to the westN.Morters11/01/2018
From the cattle shed near Doonside, up the shiny new logging road as others, but without a GPS. Tried the first firebreak -wrong. The second is the correct one, across a ditch to start; there is a small cairn if you look carefully. Easy going in the firebreak, rough once past the trees. Good views.Gill08/12/2017
Used Carole Engel's route. Thank you Carole.Lionel Bidwell18/11/2017
#634 Took CE's route.tim74714/11/2017
Walked up from Sandyhills car park, then same route as others.NormanW21/10/2017
As per Carole Engel, bombproof track from NE of Doonside to NX 89315 57354 then up simple firebreak to heather.agentmancuso02/09/2017
Before our Cairsphain walk tomorrow. We parked on minor road and took new forest track up to close to summit but a bit of heather bashing up through the trees and over heather summit to reach top. Reasonable views to the coast.nickywood102/09/2017
Weather fair.MountainMac14/05/2017
Followed carole engels route. Looks like track is being up graded evidence of explosives being used given the amount of detonator cord lying aroundcjo06/05/2017
Tricky parking where unmapped track starts. Better to use layby at bottom of hill to avoid annoying farmer.AndrewFinnimore17/04/2017
Thanks Carole - superb. Start at NX 8818 5722 - keep slightly R after 100m, leave forest road at NX 8931 5735, after 150 horizontal m and 42 vertical m you emerge only 150m N by E of the summit cairn.jimbloomer06/02/2017
By the Carole Engel route. Thanks Carole, it's the second hill today where you've cracked it.Chris Peart18/12/2016
Piece of cake following the Carole Engel notes.Owen B03/11/2016
Parked just N of Doonside (14:45). Took wide forest road (not on map) to near highest point (83912 57349) from where steep green break in trees led to open ground quite near summit (15:40). Dry, windy, fair views. Finish 16:10dbb29/09/2016
Carole Engel saved my day on this one. I'd already had three aborted attempts (in the rain!) that morning from different start points when I saw her log. That route is simplicity itself. Route(s) and write-up at:
Un-mapped track from NX884570 almost to top. leave track at NX893573 and climb easy steep break to heather and billberry summit (feint path)carole engel26/08/2016
Solo via Southwick ChurchUisdean2525/03/2016
Parked in entrance to Southwick Cemetery at NX90719 56951 South along road for about 80m to old metal gates Into field and followed wall down to stream Crossed stream & made way to start of ride at corner of forest (904568) Followed wall (crossed it a few times) to top of ride & then a 600m walk across heather to summit. (S)gerrybowes20/11/2015
Parked at the graveyard on the east side. Horrendously wet alongside the recommended wall running NW. Headed up through the forest. Emerged into deep heather and bilberry for a slog to the summit. Ironically making my own line through the coniferous forest was the easiest part. Solo.bolton10/08/2015
From churchyard. Boggy start to find wall then crossed backwards and forwards to reach col before easy walk to summit.chriswatson26/04/2015
From near Southwick church ruins. I planned to walk up the forest break but found it easier walking in the forest itself. The top was deep heather. This route avoids the deer fenceborderterrier17/03/2015
from churchyard followed wall to the top good views all round today.robertphillips07/02/2015
Parked beyond Doonside, horrific ascent through trees- don't. Dry, cold, calm and good views.iangalbraith02/02/2015
W Jenx. From the old churchyard. Took the wall to south and followed the field to ride. Only 2 walls to cross. Stay with the ride, don't be tempted into the forest like we were. Managed to find a line up to the deer fence, then a good deer path along the top to near cairn. Came back same way then cut to wall and the burn in ride. Deer fence about fallen down, easier down. Good depth of bracken but easy through.nordicstar03/08/2014
From Southwick Graveyard, horrible overgrown burn gulley to horrible deep tussocky heather and bilberry summit area. Nice coastal view.neimcv26/06/2013
Parked in layby at NX880563, S of Fairgirth House. Road to NX882572, then track & wide forest ride round to NX894571. From here took narrow forest ride SE uphill till clear of trees. Last 100m deep heather. 1hr to summit.fortyniner07/06/2013
after Criffel. from churchyard. the sooner you find the big wall running NW the easier it is, however the summit heather was up to my thighs. direThearlaichdubh30/05/2013
Dreadful bracken and heather thrash from ruined church on east side, with AT and JdF. Rain, and cloud almost to sea level.Man of Kernow125/06/2011
Concur with MT. Wall scrambling and burn jumping is also required. Probably best to start from just south of the church/graveyard, then follow a stone wall across a field and burn, then up the hill through a break in the conifers.Topographer5725/06/2011
Climbed from Southwick Graveyard following burn and stonewall thro 4 foot bracken. I had to climb over wall 5 xs on way up when way forward was blocked but often wall was breached at these points.Dugswell204/06/2009
From E by ruin, crossed frozen field and burn, up through trees then rough heather for quite a way. Sizeable cairn on top, amidst the heather.Aye Jimmy05/02/2009
Climbed from graveyard to E. Followed burn up to deer fence, after it turns left bear right over rough heather to summit. Hard going.Alan29/01/2009
Parked in Sandyhills and took the track through Laggan. Passed a couple of workers feeding deer before ascended sharply to the summit area. Note there is no gate through the fence on top as there is at the bottom.garyhoney29/12/2008
Desperate struggle with deep heather and a 12 foot wobbly deer fence. Route to deer fence is obscure fire break from track to S of summit - marked by a few sticks across a boggy bit. Local deer are fearless but harmless!maknipe08/06/2007
Operated ham radio from summit making 25 contacts. Did not have to climb deer fence,wild goats sighted near the top. Deep heather made going difficult.Parked at graveyard NX906569 then via NX90375682 had to climb one dry stane dyke. A difficult one.G4OBK (Phil)25/05/2006
With Phil (G4OBK)judy55cat25/05/2006
Fought up from lane junction to New Farm where friendly tractor drive waved in the last of the daylight.Eddie09/02/2003
From Sandyhills. On road to back of Laggan into forest. Snow quickly covered the track around S end of Fairgirth Hill, over stream and steep SW slopes of RP. Directly up for 200' to ridge with discouraging views of L shaped hill with cairn on horizon. Very slow going with many ups and downs over treacherous snow and final 1/2 mile to top at 12.25.arranc24/02/2002
heather fog from E, esp across summit, fine coast view. minor rd @ 902577, up break in trees RHW12/11/1999
heathery plod from southvegibagger10/12/1996
With Lesley on a rare w/e to Dumfries hills.Chris Pearson19/05/1996