Hill number:1725
Height:439m / 1440ft
SMC/RHB Section:27B: Carrick and Galloway
Donald area:Galloway Hills
County/UA:South Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway
Topographical area:SS05 Beneraird-cairn
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Stinchar, Luce
Watershed:Mull of Galloway to St Abb's Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Yeaman
Grid ref:NX 13548 78513
Summit feature:no feature 2m E of trig point
Col:132m  NX281765  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 76
(1:25k) 317
Survey:obvious summit
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 170 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
As Gerrybowes, including the same parking area, which was absolutely fine despite the long grass. Pleasant, enjoyable walk.Rod M05/07/2024
Didn't fancy parking in the lane, wet and overgrown and possibly blocking passing places, so parked in layby just south of Ballantrae. Added an hour in total. Otherwise route fine, little bit wet higher up but not a problem.nicolajane29/06/2024
Parked as gerrybowes before Kilwhannel. Good though rather muddy track nearly all the way. Plenty of sheep but no cows. Skylarks too.Owen B29/03/2024
From Aucharnie Bridge, parking on verge after a very wet month was better than nearer Kilwhannel further up the road. Easy walking up track- an old right of way- to summit for decent views on a fine day. Returned via Smyrton Hill and Benawhirter- a nice pasture ridge with a trod to follow over the tussocky pasture with ridge's HP.pwheeler20/03/2024
Parked end of road at Dave`s spot. Followed track up. Onto Kilmory hill, Big Fell and Smyrton Hill. Glorious day, cold but fine.colazione03/12/2023
Parked at the end of the public road, a T-junction with the hill track and the private road to Kilwhannel. Room enough for one vehicle without causing an obstruction. Followed track all the way to the summit. Solo. My final Section 28 Marilyn!Dangerous Dave17/10/2023
Same as gerrybowes. Farmers wife said No to parking in farm yard. Dry underfoot at present time.willyross10/06/2023
On track from Kilwhannel.Winterfloodian18/09/2022
Easy parking on hardstanding, 70m NW of track to Kilwhannel at NX 1108 8137 - Apart from a slightly boggy area around 126793, a decent track to within 200m of the summit & then NE on path/ATV track to trig point. Lots of contented cattle & calves enjoying the autumn sunshine. (S)gerrybowes20/09/2021
From the South. Private Rd sign at NX 1311 7317, 3.5km before Lagafeter Lodge. Drove past and parked 700m before the Lodge in small quarried area (NX 1387 7529). There were no other parking areas before the lodge. With hindsight would have done this from the NW as others, and combined the walk with some South Ayrshire hills - too focussed on D&G at the moment.jonglew02/08/2021
From Kilwhannel. Great views.vuirich30/08/2020
Parked on grass just before gate to Kilwhannel farm. Track all the way to the summit, passed ruined tracked lorry and onto gate near summit. 50m passed gate, an ATV track leads to trig. On way back, endured a thunder and lighting storm and arrived back at car soaked. Good views from summit. Trip 115 minsCoinneach27/08/2020
From Kilwhannel, track till just past the Hitachi truck then across the moor to Milljoan Hill via ss4 Millcroon. Sleet & hail at times. Back to Beneraird and on to Kilmoray.agentmancuso18/01/2020
With Judy from the south via the Lagafater Lodge track. Operated ham radio on VHF for SOTA.G4OBK (Phil)04/01/2020
Was staying at Lagafater estate and went for a walk up the hill with Tony and a few cans to enjoy the viewrichie_macdonald12/10/2019
From Kilwhannel to NW (12:05) took increasingly rough track past quite a lot of cows - fortunately timid - to near summit, then direct to top. Dry but mist on top and track and vegetation wet. Finish 14:15dbb27/07/2019
After Knockdolian. Parked at Kilwhanel. 1 hour up. 45 mins down.Longwojo02/06/2019
From NW. Track up from Kilwhannel goes all the way to the summit. Alternately cycled and pushed until track became too wet and degenerate for my bicycle to continue. Views included Ireland and Isle of Man.Topographer5715/10/2018
P verge before Kilwhannel, easy along the track, with Fiona. Final Marilyn in the Southern Uplands.agentmancuso11/08/2018
4 tump round, big fell, kilmaroy, beneraird, revisit smyrton hill, from parking on verge at kilwhannel.robertphillips09/08/2018
From Kilwhannel, as others.Chris Peart24/03/2018
Despite the OS map lying about he public road extending to Lagafater lodge, there's been a road grab by the landowner, and there's a private no sign just south of Barnvannoch. Never mind, it's a nice walk all the same, and the track up the hill is dead easy. Nice hill, with wonderful views.Gill23/03/2018
From Kilwhannel, then returned over Smyrton Hill, on way to weekend at Minnigaff.NormanW23/03/2018
2/4 Marilyn. Parked where the road turns to Kilwhannel followed track through several fields, onto grassy track and a bizzare parked going nowhere Hitachi truck near the top fence. Then short pull to summit trig. Fine views to Knockdolian the next target and Ailsa Craig and ArranN.Morters08/07/2017
Third visit, long round from LagafaterColin Crawford17/06/2017
4th hill of 6 today on a tough traverse with 70 litre rucksack from Barrhill station to Ballantrae climbing High Murdonochee, Cairn Hill of the Moil and Kilmoray, down to Nick of the Liberty and up along fenceline and then over to Trig and summit. Descent Sw to Leana Hill then Millcroon en-route to Milljoan hill.Dazingdale17/05/2017
Parked at 112813 just before the track to the farm. Great views, good underfoot and took just over 2 hours return. 5.8 miles solo.bolton07/07/2016
Bit of a hike from Kilwhannel but good track all the way to the top.AndrewFinnimore03/06/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac15/02/2016
Parked south of Barnvannoch then walked up the road to Lagafater Lodge, lodge big house more like. Hit the snow on track to Lodge then good track and path to summit. A very featureless moor, would not want to get lost on it in thick mist. Cloud was low so no views. Good little walk around 6.4 miles in total from where parked. 3 hour stroll. Company: Jake the Black Lab.iandesbottes18/01/2016
parked at road end at kilwannel, good track all the way to near the top,no views.robertphillips09/02/2015
W Jenx day after Ailsa Craig. Parked at lay by on A77 and took track past country house to its upper end. Spur down the hill across burn and back towards hill. Rough ground for a while up small burn - break out at 350 m onto hill and gain old coach road to near top. Lovely viewpoint.nordicstar27/04/2014
From road to Lagafater lodge - southern approach over many miles of remote moorland. As the map shows a public road to near Lagavater Lodge we parked at NX 13882 75905, ignoring 'private road' sign close to NX 13109 73147. As we were about to start the walk the factor drove by in landrover, stopped and accosted us and firmly, but politely, told us to leave. We drove back to beginning of private road sign, walking from there. This added over 3km of road walking each way to the walk. Passed the Lodge without incident, taking good track to col, then ATV track to summit. Returned the same way. Signs and friendly waive from shepherd implies walkers are tolerated - but not cars!Man of Kernow127/04/2014
With Mark Trengove and Steve Gillions after aborted Ailsa Craig landing. Previously passed within a few hundred metres of this top on 13/03/09.Alex C27/04/2014
From Road end at Kilwhannel.tim74721/03/2014
From Ballantrae on the Lagafater track, wide views from top. Cold NE windneimcv15/05/2013
With MarionOik23/04/2013
With MarionOik16/04/2012
With MarionOik18/04/2011
From end of public road to south of longer than it looks on map...lovely morning.Dugswell217/04/2011
Climbed up following old coach road to Ballantrae. Went with South Carrick Walking Group.derekblackburn25/09/2010
Fresh snow on top but easily fitted into 4hr gap between busses from Smyrton. Fine views all round with Arran, Kintyre, Ailsa Craig and Antrim across the water.Smudge27/02/2010
Sun on top, mist all round, mild, limited views. (Repeated 05/06/2016, sun shone and views better.iangalbraith17/02/2008
PMI, DH, ED, GI HFB10/09/2005
Something to do with the Marhofn mob after Ailsa postponed for a day.Eddie10/09/2005
VICTORIA CAMERON FRSERdonmeister29/02/2004
Out and back from Kilwhannel (to the NW) where cheerful asked for gates to be shut.Eddie22/03/2003
pleasant approach, fine hill, in cloud. good tk from NW RHW15/09/2002
Pleasant approach by steadily graded farm tracks, green way and bridal path for 3 miles. Cuckoo - first this year. To brow of hill and 300m up wet buggy track to top at 13.45.arranc04/05/2002
Parked off A77, on track down to Carlock. Along track in Woods, passing numerous pheasant pens. Followed track to Leana Burn, onto open, heathery hillside. hitting track, and round to Cairn and Trig. Great views across to West. With Peter.The Captain19/10/1996