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Name:Kirriereoch Hill
Hill number:1691
Height:786.8m / 2581ft
RHB Section:27B: Carrick and Galloway
Donald area:Galloway Hills
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway (UA)
Catchment:Cree, Catchment Boundaries, Doon
Watershed:Mull of Galloway to St Abb's Head, Firth of Clyde
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Donald, Corbett Top,
Yeaman, Deleted Corbett
Grid ref:NX 42093 86949
Summit feature:large smooth rock
Col:636.6m  NX 4258 8650  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 77
(1:25k) 318
Observations:all cairns are lower
Survey:Leica Disto D510/Leica RX1250
Comments:new Marilyn August 2015
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MMC walk with Noelle Ryan, Allan Gililland, Paul Stokes,Harry Birbeck and Lily. Low cloud and damp moorland. Faint path most of way, which took us off track onto the west ridge of Tarfessock. 7 1/2 hours.alexmaclennan24/11/2019
From Bens Memorial parking area near Laglanny, then along tracks to Shalloch on Monnoch cottage, continuing by Shalloch Burn until clear of forest, then up Shalloch on Minnoch's W ridge, past trig point to summit, then S along ridge over Tarfessock to Kirriereoch Hill (ascending N ridge), descending to W roughly following county boundary, along extremely wet and tussocky forest ride to track leading towards Kirriereoch house, back to road, return to parkingkdbennett08/07/2019
Parked at Stinchar Bridge. Cairnadloch,Caerloch Dhu, Shalloch on Minnoch, Tarfessock both tops and Kirriereoch Hill. Returned same way. 5.5 hours round trip.Longwojo06/06/2019
fa, solo, mist on tops, some heavy rain and windy, 8h 22m, 27.2km, start at kirriereoch cp/picnic area (no sign of any picnic tables!), forest tracks, then path onto west ridge of tarfessock, contorted round then up to nick of carclach, up to the summit of shalloch on minnoch, back down to nick of carclach, now in the rain with mist, along the ridge taking in all the tops, tarfessock, tarfessock, steep and ascent of kirriereoch hill - boulders and scree very slippy/greasy in the rain. mist cleared for the ascent of little spear and the merrick, continued over the nave of the spit, benyellary then across the col to pick up forestry tracks right down to glen trool and the footpath to the bus stop in glen tool villagerum doodle 03/06/2019
With Rue, Davie, Graham, Nigel in mist, unfortunatelydavechaffey01/03/2019
From Shalloch on Minnoch, good path down ridge met with bog from hell cutting through the forest break to track. Advice... get to track up right at the stream.N.Morters02/10/2018
Solo. On the Merrick Trail from Bruce memorial. Wet and boggy most of the way with plenty of rain and some sunshine. Picked up some company on the way to Merrick. Cloud came in and visibility severely reduced on my way to Kirriereoch Hill. Returned by my outward route.Buck09/09/2018
Up from col with Tarfessock S Top on L of screes, slow going on steep grass to reach wall and tnen went to each summit marker, stopping for lunch behind large cairn on SW summit. Weather remained fine. Contemplated continuing to The Merrick but rejected idea - tired and already behind schedule, so descended W ridge to ford Cross Burn and through marsh to track end and along it to P. First visit was also solo, on 22/06/2015.jacobus04/09/2018
With Franni Baggins. From Glen Trool: Merrick, Kirriereoch Hill, Mullwharchar, Craignaw, Craiglee. Do not attempt unless you have strong ankles.raffemeister13/08/2018
Although still officially closed, drove up Carrick Forest Drive along with scores of other vehicles. Cycled up from Loch Riecawr as far as Sleathornrig, thereafter the track becomes too rough to cycle but continues south of Tunskeel through what would otherwise be leg twisting ground. North face of Kirriereoch is steep and stony. Tail wind return via north ridge and Shalloch on Minnoch.Topographer5719/05/2018
A nice walk from the forestry road above Kirriereoch Loch. It's easy to drive to the Y junction on the road, but don't do this during the working week, when the logging trucks are at work. A 4WD would get to the end of the track. The track turns into an ATV track out to the end of the forest, but look for a large cairn, where you need to take the vague right fork downhill. The track goes to a bulldozed section, then traverse above the trees and take deer tracks through tussocks and bogs down to the river. It's then easy to climb up the side of the hill onto the ridge. Lovely summit plateau and splendid views.Gill25/03/2018
Parked over bridge near picnic area then walked along track passed Kirriereoch to continue along forest track to below SW of ridge of Tarfessock. Up path of sorts by wood edge then east to Tarfessock. Then onto Tarfessock South Top then aiming for the boundary wall on Kirriereoch Hill then onto its summit boulder. Easy amble to Kirriereoch Hill (boundary) before heading back down the west ridge towards the forest a river crossing before regaining the forest track.Dugswell224/03/2018
Round including Shalloch, Tarfessock and Kirriereoch from Kirriereoch farm.Roblex06/10/2017
with Maggievegibagger23/09/2017
Solo. I followed the Merrick Trail from the road end in Glen Trool over Benyellary to Merrick. From the summit of Merrick I descended north over Little Spear and then ascended northwestwards up Kirriereoch Hill. I located the large smooth rock where the highest point lies. I also went to the cairn on the wall that marks the highest point of the historic county of Ayrshire as well as of the current unitary authority of South Ayrshire. I returned by my outward route. A pleasant dry day.pwbellarby02/09/2017
Glen Trool up tourist route to Benyellary, Merrick, over Little Spear to Kirriereoch Hill and down to Loch Twachtan and camped at Loch Enoch.John Eley26/08/2017
From Merrick. Easy to find the way even in thick hill fog and light rain.Owen B20/05/2017
2nd hill of 9 today on my South Ayrshire completion walk visiting Kirriemore hill and the boundary high point before wandering around here in mist, wind and rain. The smooth rock is pretty much a feature in a barren lunar-like atmosphere. Re-visited the boundary high point before continuing on to Tarfessock South top. I took a harder descent line than necessary necessitating some scrambling but views through mist appearing sporadically.Dazingdale20/05/2017
Had feared the worst after seeing impenetrable forest blocking access to the open hillside, but turned out to be a delightful ridge walk. No forest operations evident so drove to end of track from picnic site, along ATV track to cairn, turned right down to Cross Burn and onto ridge where a faint path leads most of the way to the summit.AndrewFinnimore07/05/2017
Merrick then onto Kirriereoch then Shalloch on Minnoch, Lovely day, slight breeze taking the heat away.Jhimmy06/05/2017
Third and last Donald of the day. Great views in the sunny but cool weather.Play2End04/05/2017
3rd of 8 hills on a 16 mile round from Bruce's Stone CP with Alex C. Toss up between a smooth embedded rock and a small cairn 35m SW, I'd go for the cairn, but seems the rock is the HP. From Merrick and on to the county boundary top 5m lower with its 2m prominence.jonglew09/04/2017
Alone: Kirriereoch Hill, Tarfessock, SoM & Caerloch Dubh.Grinner02/04/2017
From Bruce's Stone (8:50) took good path over Benyellary to Merrick summit (in cloud, 10:55). Descended ESE to L Enoch; crossed stream at outflow; up over grass and granite slabs to Mullwharcar (12:30). Hills all clear now. Descended back to obvious crossing lower down stream; followed wall across valley bottom towards Kirriereoch. Climbed to col and then to summit boulder (14:30). Returned to col, up ridge to Merrick and down path back to car (17:20). Dry day, good views after midday.dbb30/09/2016
5/6 Fifth of Six on Scottish Borders (Craigairie Fell/Benyellary/Meerick/Kirrieroch Hill Boundary/Kirrieroch Hill/Bennan)Fergalh13/08/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac29/07/2016
Linear, from road 1km south of Stinchar Bridge, entire Awful Hand range, ending Bruce's Stone CP. Solo, tough walk, 11 miles, 3300ft ascent, 6 hours.Crib Goch27/07/2016
Revisit for the Boundary top. From westRHW05/06/2016
N-S traverse of ridge. A bit steep coming up.Minto04/06/2016
A big gap in my Galloway Hills anyway but its promotion made it a must-do. Long walk from the Water of Minnoch CP; SMC Corbetts guide route was good until the advice to follow Pillow Burn where I encountered boggy ground bordering on dangerous for 200 to 300 m. A firebreak from the end of a forest road at GR 388881 might have been better. W ridge joined with relief, for an enjoyable ascent to a fine mountain summit. Continued to Tarfessock down NE ridge then cut across corrie. This was pleasant but not necessary as there was a well trodden route down the N slope, intermittent in places across Tarfessock, then good down Tarfessock's W ridge, down a firebreak, direct to the aforementioned forest road at GR 388881 for an easy walk out. Another great day in the Galloway hills. Sunny, strong NE breeze.pwheeler11/05/2016
Loch Trool, Benyellary, Merrick, Kirriereoch - thought about retuning via the Lochs, but very very wet so decided to retrace back over Merrick which was quite hard work second time round!callumorr29/03/2016
With Tarfessock from picnic site.ngthack19/10/2015
5 of 6: From Kirriereoch Boundary. With Tim.ChrisR13/10/2015
Parked at the picnic site but there is closer parking at NX388880 (there was a car parked there on my return via Tarfessock) which would have saved 80 mins of walking. Followed path along the fence SW then E across Cross Burn and easy walking to the many cairned summit. Steep descent NNW then easy round over Tarfessock.Jim.Fothergill30/09/2015
Round of Tarfesock, Kirriereoch Hill and Kirriemore Hill from W. Camped overnight approx 730m on W ridge of Kirriereoch.RobertP19/09/2015
I'd forgotten what great walking there is on some Galloway Hills, making the long-overdue survey more enjoyable than expected. There was even some rare warmth at times out of the wind.alda18/08/2015
With Merricknickywood115/07/2015
Solo continuation from Tarfessock and its S Top to climb steeply up N grassy/scree face onto plateau: visited three cairns (first at 420869 highest at 792m), lunched at second: returned to wall and descended W ridge then rusty fence pole line to reach and ford Cross Burn: around forest W then v boggy N to reach end of track at 889881: walked the 4km back to P at Kirrieroch picnic site: weather remained dry, mist came off KH but held onto Merrick with base at ca.800m.trienbrae22/06/2015
Parked at track junction (364870) E. of Kirriereoch Farm NE & then E. along forest road to 388881 Headed S. along edge of forest & then followed fence before getting across Cross Burn Along a faint path to NE ridge & followed iron fence posts to Carnirock Stone Continued following metal fence posts & then stone wall to the Ayrshire county top. From the county top, just a short walk to the summit rock Continued to Merrick. (S)gerrybowes05/11/2014
Along with the County top in glorious weather.bolton05/11/2014
See merrickdickscroop04/06/2014
Two-day backpack from Loch Doon: Coran of Portmark - Corserine - Backhill of Bush - Craignaw - Mullwharchar - Loch Enoch (camped near outflow) - Merrick - Shalloch on Minnoch - Forest Drivedavidpettit8404/05/2014
With Steve Poore and his dog.Dangerous Dave28/08/2013
round of shalloch, tarfessocck, and kirriereoch from forest near cross burn.robertphillips28/07/2013
coming from shalloch on minnoch, looks very steep , specially in fog, but it looked worse than it was. a bit steep but ok.tallblond11/04/2012
Tarfessock and Kirriereoch from the westborderterrier29/03/2012
5th and last hill of day - apart from climbing back over all of them on reverse route back. Continued south from Tarfessock south top to reach steep escarpment of Kirriereoch. Slippy steep areas of grass and scree.derekblackburn24/09/2011
With Merrick / Shalloch on Minnoch - needs resurveying - probable Marilyn and Corbett - Highest point in not that listed, and col to south is lower. Needs reinstating, so do it!nordicstar25/05/2009