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Hill number:1688
Height:843m / 2766ft
RHB Section:27B: Carrick and Galloway
Donald area:Galloway Hills
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway (UA)
County (CoH):Kirkcucbrightshire (CoH)
County (CoA):Dumfries & Galloway (CoA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Cree, Doon
Watershed:Mull of Galloway to St Abb's Head, Firth of Clyde
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Corbett, Donald,
Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top, Yeaman, Trail 100
Grid ref:NX 42760 85547
Summit feature:trig point in shelter
Col:138m  NY643669  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 77
(1:25k) 318
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • Dumfries & Galloway (1974) administrative county top
  • Kirkcucbrightshire historic county top
  • Dumfries and Galloway current county/UA top

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From Bruce's Stone up Merrick usual route then down to Loch Enoch (difficult burn crossing) and up Mulwharchar through long clinging grass. Over to Dungeon Hill in similar wet conditions then to Craignairny. Descended to south shore of Loch Enoch where we found the remains of the Whitley bomber from 1940 then down 'path' to track and back via bothy to the car. Hardest day I've had on the hill since my early Munro bagging (pre paths).SS07/09/2019
Straight up the main trail from Loch Trool, lovely simple route.Eggletina01/09/2019
Benyellary > Merrick > Merrick West Top > Benyellary from GR: NX 41410 80301ronaldo33326/08/2019
Benyellary > Merrick > Merrick West Top > Benyellary from GR: NX 41410 80301Hippster26/08/2019
Set of early to beat a weather front. Low cloud on top (no view). Very wet underfoot but no problems. Rain started just as I got back to the car.NorthernWayfarer22/08/2019
With ChrisHutchie12/08/2019
Revisit 20 years later, from Bruce's Stone via tourist path with F & A. Decent weather, dropped down to Little Spear from the top just for fun, back the same way.agentmancuso02/08/2019
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
fa, solo, light showers, mist on the Merrick, 22.7km, 6h 55m, wet under foot, from glen tool c.p. by bruces stone, path uphill past a bothy, through the forest to the open hill and old stone wall to the summit of benyellery, onto the merrick, summit in mist and back over benyellary a second time, leaving the path and striking out to Bennan with its mast and descended via the forestry tracks & paths to glentrool village and onto the house on the hill for a pint.rum doodle 01/06/2019
With Rue, Davie, Graham, Nigel in mist, unfortunatelydavechaffey01/03/2019
Done with Ollie, Winter conditionsMountain300002/02/2019
Solo going from end Glen Trool rosd, over Benyellary to summit of M, following path up and then back down. Fine weather with views occasionally hazy by drifting mist. First visit was 21/06/1988 with CG club - midsummer's day but the wettest day in my walking career.jacobus10/10/2018
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
Reached via a eleven mile walk from Bruce’s stone carpark on the north side of Loch Trool, followed Merrick trail over Benyellary onto Merrick and then onto Kirriereoch top and shoulder returned the same way in six hours.WAYNE ROWLETT22/07/2018
From Loch Trool via Loch Valley, back down the main pathtomd429/06/2018
Climbed with Dad and Bill from Loch Trool.dhbond20/05/2018
An early ascent in mist, down to loch enochbardolph13/03/2018
with Maggievegibagger23/09/2017
Solo. I followed the Merrick Trail from the road end in Glen Trool over Benyellary. Continued to Kirriereoch Hill. I returned by my outward route so passed over the summit of Merrick again later in the day. 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
With Katy. Sunny walk 2 TopsGeorge Thompson16/07/2017
Pea-soup of a day. Intended to be out all day but turned back after getting to summit of Merrick.Longwojo16/06/2017
From Benyellary, good path. Hill fog and light rain.Owen B20/05/2017
Merrick then onto Shalloch on Minnoch, Lovely day, slight breeze taking the heat away.Jhimmy06/05/2017
2nd of 8 hills on a 16 mile round from Bruce's Stone CP with Alex C. HP at trig pillar S side large shelter cairn. From Benyellary, on to Kirriereoch Hill.jonglew09/04/2017
Much more pleasant conditions this with Jon than my previous visit up here. And, at least I wasn't feel as sick as a dog this time.Twice Shy09/04/2017
From Glen Trool on the normal path, returning along Rig of Loch Enoch. Snow on top with a strong NE wind. The views west to Craignaw are fine, a miniature pocket of Highland scenery.mindlessflogger05/11/2016
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
3/6 Third of Six on Scottish Borders (Craigairie Fell/Benyellary/Meerick/Kirrieroch Hill Boundary/Kirrieroch Hill/Bennan)Fergalh13/08/2016
With Sean from Bruce Stone car park, return same route. Into cloud 100m below summit and views limited to a few miles. Hill busy, warm day. 4hr 20?niallp06/08/2016
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
Climbed from Loch Enoch, up Redstone Rig.Sprog06/06/2016
N-S traverse of ridge. Surprised not to see a sole until Benyellary. Cunning rising traverse along W side of Little Spear to save the straight up then flat.Minto04/06/2016
From Glen Trool the epicentre of midge worldFrank02/06/2016
With Dazzle from Loch Troolmagirob18/05/2016
M, J, O. To visit CC. Via Culsharg. No problem in finding location. Blue sky, sun. Cold wind. Return by the lochs. Very wet underfoot.Martin6610/04/2016
Twice today. 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! 11 miles.callumorr29/03/2016
6 of 6: From Kirrireoch Hill. With Tim.ChrisR13/10/2015
P near start of Buchan Path, Culsharg, Benyellary, Merrick and back. With Tom and the Merrick Hill Race. We were last but only by 3 hours!chrisbien20/09/2015
A wet and windy day in a pretty poor summer of weather was no surprise. I set off from Glen Trool and took in Craignaw, Mullwharchar, Merrick and Benyellary. I did get a bit of a view from Craignaw. The other summits well!!! This area was wild and pathless apart from the descent from Merrick. Distance 22k in 6 hours 40 minutes.isabelle02/08/2015
2nd Corbett and 1st Donaldlojzi86062101/08/2015
Lovely walk along the Awful Hand Ridge in beautiful weather with amazing views over the whole area. Lochans all around. A two car walk from North to South finishing in Loch Trool Car Park.nickywood115/07/2015
SMMC meet to Galloway, with Mary Stewart.clashcityrocker25/06/2015
From Glen Trool by the Buchan Burn, using the forest road near Culsharg to its end, fording the burn to then follow the tottering boundary wall past the Old Man of Merrick to get to Loch Enoch. Evening ascent of Mullwharcar from camp (poor ground). Reurned via Merrick and Benyellary in the mist next day.neimcv04/06/2015
3rd Hill of four today and my First ever Corbett! From Bargrennan to Glen Trool visitor centre, taking forest track to Bennan and then Southwest to NE fp to Benyellary and from there via Nieve of the Spit and well-trod fp across the Broads of Merrick to the Trig and shelter. Conditions clear but quite windy. Descent back towards Benyellary but then down the Rig of the Gloon over Kirn Burn (plenty of large stones to get across) and up the slopes with next destination being Buchan Hill.Dazingdale08/05/2015
A there and back walk. Warm but hazy today although still a cool breeze on top. Path much clearer and less muddy than expected. It's almost a hands in pockets hill walk.Walker Dan17/04/2015
Circular day's walk from Glen Trool in mild improving conditions with Dave M, Chris J, Scott B, Mike C & Jim S. No views - still foggy on summit.barnz4822/11/2014
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 – Kirriereoch summit – Merrick. (S)gerrybowes05/11/2014