Hill number:1718
Height:565m / 1854ft
SMC/RHB Section:27B: Carrick and Galloway
Donald area:Galloway Hills
County/UA:South Ayrshire
Topographical area:SS04 Merrick-fleet
Catchment:Cree, Catchment Boundaries, Stinchar
Watershed:Mull of Galloway to St Abb's Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Donald Dewey, Yeaman
Grid ref:NX 33519 91078
Summit feature:trig point
Col:387m  NX346926  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 76
(1:25k) 317 318
Survey:Abney level
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Same route as jonglew. With Karen.ChrisR12/05/2024
A round and back from the track starting at NX348924 round to Haggis Hill and back.BaggerGutt25/04/2024
From small layby just N of summit of minor road over Nick of the Balloch. SE 200metres to trach that becomes increasingly steep until on open grass. Used ATV tracks to near summit. KeithByTheC25/04/2024
Revisit. From parking space just beyond the cattle grid. Circuit of Craigenreoch, Pinbreck Hill, Changue and Haggis Hill. Followed fence as far as Haggis Hill, then a fairy direct return.PGCE12/04/2024
The usual route up the steep stony track and then the grassy and at times faint ATV track from the layby above the cattle grid.Owen B30/03/2024
From nearish to cattle grid, as shown on 1;25 map, there is a brutal steep stoneytrack. If you follow this, it will show a grassy ATV. This fades , re shows itself etc. vagueley above the fence line into forestry, so good as a ha drail. To catch the rowantree, limpy bumpy damp foliage. Great views. Black faced ewes for company.VerySlowPlodder07/01/2024
From parking space just beyond the cattle grid. 100m further up the road a rough stone track cuts its way up to Brandy Well, turning into an ATV track that runs besides a fence all the way across Rowantree Hill to Craigenreoch. A route continues across Polmaddie Hill to Pinbreck Hill before turning north to take in Changue and Haggis Hill. From the latter we descended NE and then over a couple of field gates to cross sheep fields above the Balloch Burn. We eventually had to cross both this and Corrn Roy to reach the road above ... not straightforward when in spate if you can't long jump. Back up the Nick of Balloch to the camper. Almost 3hrs in total.summitter14/12/2023
Parked just beyond cattle grid, up steep track and on to Pinbreck Hill and Haggis Hill.colazione11/11/2023
From Nick of the Balloch. Ridiculously steep stony track then pleasant grassy one.daviemore16/10/2023
Parked in large passing place ~125m NW cattle grid (NX 3485 9238). Took mapped track ~90m NW further along road. Good track, steeply up to start, goes all the way here. On to Pinbreck Hill, Cairn Hill, out for the Mid Hill trig pillar, then back for Changue and Haggis Hill.jonglew14/12/2022
From good parking just beyond cattle grid. Out and back on sodden ground. Rain, mist, no view , wet boots.Longwojo02/10/2022
From Nick of the Balloch. Left the stony track at sharp right bend and went left towards fence then up on path(faint at times).duchally20/09/2022
A good option for a half day, Parked on the Nick of the Balloch (very few appropriate places) followed a rough cutting up hill which then becomes a ATV track which can be followed with the fence all the way around the head of the valley, route took in Craigenreoch, Pinbreck hill and Haggis hill, returned the the same way due to incoming weather front. Seven mile in Three hours with 1550ft of ascent.WAYNE ROWLETT12/07/2022
Parked at the high point on Nick of the Balloch. Steep rocky track up onto Rowantree Hill then tracks by fence line to the trig. Solo.Dangerous Dave14/04/2022
Round of tops from Nick of the Balloch.thekirkie pirate02/02/2022
As SS. Parked in wide entrance to track S. of junction at NX 3529 9032 - Down road for about 800m & then along forest tracks to track end at 341909 - Over burn & NNW up rake to a height of about 500m, turned left & along trod to open hillside - Up to barbed wire fence & SW alongside fence to a point about 80m beyond the trig point where barbed wire fence currently ends - Short climb to summit. Continued to Pinbreck Hill & Haggis Hill. (S)gerrybowes09/09/2020
Parked at track end just south of road junction. Down road and up track to rake up to ridge and then to trig on Craigenreoch. Followed fence line then over Pinbreack Hill and out and back to Haggis Hill, skirting PH and down through felled area to track and return.SS14/09/2019
From Nick of the Balloch via track to summit, a little indistinct in places.Lionel Bidwell26/03/2019
Easy stroll from Nick of the Balloch road. Sunny but windy.NormanW12/04/2018
A nice walk on the voie normale, a good ATV track. Wonderful views all the way.Gill25/03/2018
From the highpoint on the road near the cattle grid. Steep pull up via AV tracks and onto summit easy going if occasional boggy section. Quick 75min round trip following Ailsa Craig earlier in the day.N.Morters24/03/2018
From Nick of the Balloch, easy walking once up the steep bit.Chris Peart24/03/2018
4th hill of 13 today on two loops from Barr village, climbing Drumneilie Hill, Cairn Hill (via Fell Hill) to Pinbreck then i dropped down fenceline to climb to Craigenreoch's Trig pillar. Took some nice pics of a Skylark on a post before re-tracing steps to the flanks of Pinbreck Hill then took curving ascent up to Changue.Dazingdale12/05/2017
From Nick the of the Balloch, directly up steep grass and along the ridge. Sunny.Winterfloodian02/05/2017
Parked at the Nick of the Balloch. Steep climb followed by an enjoyable walk to the summit. Solo. 80 minute round trip in great conditions.bolton01/05/2017
Parked SE of top of pass (13:25) and followed old track and then v steep ATV track which led to top of ridge and along it to summit (14:15). Easy going; good views. Return same route; finish 14:55dbb01/10/2016
ATV from NX349922 all way to Haggis Hill via Craigenreoch and Pinbreck Hill. Further trod just N of sheepfold once over Balloch burn. Descent form Haggis Hill VERY steepcarole engel15/09/2016
From Nick of the Balloch. Surprisingly good progress through marshy tussocks thanks to ATV tracks.Nick Down131/07/2016
Access as before, hot, hazy, sunny and good views.iangalbraith03/06/2016
Ditto from Nick of the Balloch. Easy walking across plateau.AndrewFinnimore03/06/2016
Very easy ascent. Dusting of snow. Good views across to the Merrick range. Section 27 complete.jenx30/01/2016
With Jenx from high point on the Nick of the Balloch road. The angled track, ATV track heading for the cairn then sheep tracks out along fence to the summit trig, there and back in 1.40hrnordicstar30/01/2016
Parking NW of cattle grid at (NX349923)Diagonal up to fence then easy walk along quad track adjacent to the fence. Return same route.GmacT13/04/2015
from nick of the balloch NX 348 923 over rowantree hill to summit.robertphillips18/10/2014
Parked in lay-by just south of the head of the Nick of Balloch (NX 34853 92379) and took Viewfinder's route to the summit - easy! A stony track contours up to the fence-line at the forest edge, then deteriorating to a faint ATV track, taking you all the way to the trig point.Man of Kernow130/05/2014
No need for tree scrambling, give that marked car park a miss! A nice and easy clear evening ascent from Nick of the Balloch. Parking space at 348924. Short grass all the way albeit steep at first. Faint vehicle tracks suppress the tussocks.Topographer5716/05/2014
From BarrAlan Moore17/04/2014
Nick of Balloch, Craigenreoch, Pinbreck Hill, Kirstie’s Cairn, Largs Hill, Barr. A delightful day until the descent from Pinbreck where the battle of the Stika Spruce began! Google’s photos are about 10 years out of date, rides overgrown, lots of windthrow and as for Largs Hill...tim74717/03/2014
Truly awful hill. Avoid it if you can, Started from E at carpark at 352906. Couldn't find any rides on way up. NB there is forestry work to N. Howling gale and mist when reached edge of forest and finally over awkward barbed wire fence to summit. Saw not a thing. On way down find track end at 341908. Go down it for 200m to a big clearing. There is then a ride which heads vaguely SE which will take you close to the road. This ride resembles a canal in places and every 100m is blocked by wind felled trees but this is the least bad option. Should have been on Ailsa Craig today, but weather prevented it.Thearlaichdubh15/03/2014
From Brandy Well at the Nick of Balloch. Good views across to the Awful Hand.neimcv16/05/2013
A quad bike track from opposite the clearing at 340905 gives a nice route to the summitandy macp07/05/2013
Easy going from minor road to NE...lovely spring morning.Dugswell218/04/2011
Solo HFB03/09/2010
Clockwise round of Deweys from Nick of the Balloch.agentmancuso08/06/2008
Easy ascent from Wmaknipe27/03/2006
From Nick of the Balloch via Rowantree Hill.Eddie22/03/2003
fine tussocky hill, in cloud & twilight, also Rowantree Hill c.555 & E Top 552. steep ascent from road summit to NE RHW15/09/2002
500' up on sheep grass to prow of hill. Faint buggy track parallel to fence line with trig in view most of the way. 1 1/4m stroll to top at 11.20.arranc07/05/2002
Parked Highwayman's Monument. Up over open ground with Trig in view from a distance. Heard bangs and yells, from N.E. Passed large company of soldiers, around Maggie Osborne's Bridge, on drive home. With Peter.The Captain09/11/1996