Name:Colt Hill
Hill number:1773
Height:598m / 1962ft
SMC/RHB Section:27C: The Glenkens to Annandale
Donald area:Carsphairn Hills
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway
Topographical area:SS03 Carsphairn-criffel
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Donald Dewey, Yeaman
Grid ref:NX 69878 99010
Summit feature:no feature: 20m ENE of trig point
Col:353m  NS 6856 0209  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 77
(1:25k) 328S
Observations:ground about 30cm higher than trig point: 4m sandstone 'striding arch' near summit
Survey:Abney level
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From Polskeoch. Road potholed - not advised.SU way to Black hill first then onto Colt Hill, did not climb Arch.colazione06/06/2024
Easy walk on forest roads from Cairnhead car park. Solo.Dangerous Dave08/06/2023
Good parking at Cairnhead after a section of gravel road. Decided on the direct approach, straight up Conrick Hill. Initially steep and rough with some forestry detritus, but a quick way of getting to the excellent forestry track at the 450m contour, where there is a small quarry not marked on the 1:25,000. Track to 520m where there is an easy and short fire break to the open moorland, straightforward from there to the summit trig and arch. Retraced steps.Owen B08/04/2023
See walker04/03/2023
From Cairnhead NW of Moniaive started at the Byre Arch. Followed track all the way until the right turn at the signpost for Colt Hill, also with a striding arch. Returned to track to visit Black Hill then returned the same wayWayne Mac05/02/2023
From Dalwhat glen. Drove to Striding Arches car park at Cairnhead then cycled up to 510m bealach on forestry roads. Sunny day with a chill light breeze. Good visibility. Enjoyed freewheeling back to van. Rounsfell06/12/2022
Stayed overnight at the byre, in our van. Glad we had the lift-kit, 4wd and big tyres to get up the access road! Not suitable for an average car! Very steady climb up the forestry roads, then a short steeper push at the top, to the arch. Great views across to the other arch on Benbrack.Toby-and-Dion15/10/2022
Horror public road from Dalwhat onwards. When FLS sign appears, depsite the road cocnditions, you can indeed drive further. The potholes made me anxious and i parked my car further away from end of road. Gated track into FLS land, this track is in better condition than D and G public road……anyway A v long drive….and lots of holding breath….. Walk itself is v easy Lovely migrant spring birds Will hopefully come back and do the other arches anothe rtime…..stay locally (?)VerySlowPlodder07/05/2022
From Blairoch easily out track and up Colt Hill. Going tougher in pathless long grass to Lamgarroch. That's when I went wrong doubling back to go through felled area (it was horrid). Made worse when I saw track coming off on east ridge from below. Up track to col between Mulwhanny (out and back) and Green Hill which was again pathless long wet grass. Decided to use forestry track back (much longer) as I was fed up of the tough going.SS31/07/2021
Trackside parking opposite electrical sub-stn (NX 7160 9481). Bail Hill arch first then Green Hill -> Mullwhanny -> Lamgarroch. nice easy walk across to here for the second arch. On to Black Hill -> Benbrack for a 11 mile round of the 3 arches.jonglew17/04/2021
Gate padlocked at Blairoch on a weekday in August - no notice or explanation. Possible to park about 200m back towards Benbuie at start of a forest track, but only room for 2-3 cars. Short walk from there to Cairnhead, which had a neglected feel. Walks on information board no longer exist post forestry work. Will it re-open again?49pp10/08/2020
Drove up glen from Moniave to Cairnhead, although there was a closed gate at Blairoch so parked here. You can drive past this as there is signage and parking at Cairnhead. From here, I cycled the new forestry track all the way to the ridge leaving only 500m to the top. Very fast descent on an excellent road. 1 hour 5 minsSimon Winton08/03/2020
Walked from Cairnhead Striding Arch Barn (Andy Goldsworthy)to Striding Arch on summit. Operated ham radio for SOTA on VHF, another cold wet foul day.G4OBK (Phil)05/01/2020
With Jon. First hill after hip optallblond10/06/2019
Solo trip, after Wether Hill. Quite an adventurous drive up to Cairnhead. Lovely clear day.Invicta1423/05/2019
From Black hill. Beyond me why you would an arch of sandstone up here. Back to the car at 695972.Solo walk of just over 2 hours.bolton06/05/2019
From Cairnhead car park. Track to bealach then path to summit.Lionel Bidwell09/04/2019
From Cairnhead car park, past Benbuie in the Dalwhat valley. Watch the craters in the road after Glenjaan and in the forestry road. An easy, quick and slightly dull plod up the track, made more pleasant by snow, to the track junction at the col between Colt Hill and Black Hill. Final climb on snow, mashed by the passage of many feet. Not sure I like the arch, a great lumpen thing, useful only to frame the view of the multiple wind farms. That said, better to bag this hill now, before the planning application for the wind farm is granted.Gill02/02/2019
In search of Goldsworthy...from Benbuie, but need not to have worried about the gate possible to drive to Cairngead small car park.. explored the Byre before the tack to summit and back. Must collect the other rings on a nice day... light rain but clear summit.N.Morters08/12/2018
Parked on S. side of Corlae Bridge at 658976 and up Benbrack & Black Hill. From Black Hill, along well used path alongside fence to the sandstone arch, trig point & unmarked summit. Continued to Lamgarroch. (S)gerrybowes31/10/2018
Parked up the never ending road 400m short of Polskeoch where the farmer's wife gave me a cheery wave. Used Andrew's new forest road then a short pull up through felled area to summit. Down to col and up Cairn Hill then SUW back to car.NormanW19/04/2018
Minor road to Polskeoch takes forever! Best parking at marked parking area then follow SUW past bothy (diversion to Allan's Cairn still not necessary) and across to the summit on easy ground. If ground very wet, alternative route via new forest road from 701999.AndrewFinnimore25/04/2017
From Polskeoch via SUW and Black Hill, there were two timber lorries parked on the col.Chris Peart15/12/2016
All the way up the forest track from the south to the col to the west then up the final90m to the trig and Andy Goldsworthy arch, with Jimmy McPaul. There 6.30-7.00pm. Trig th S5985 is the start of Lucy Feltham trig walk of life.vegibagger06/06/2016
Previously done 16/01/08 solo, today with Liz. Met Mike (Halpin) and his wife (Liz), only the 3rd marilynista met during all these hill walks. Cold, sunny and good views.iangalbraith15/02/2016
From car park east of Polkeogh, after heavy rain no safe parking any nearer. SUW to Black Hill then E to summit. Return by new track from Black Hill col to Allen's Cairn.Topographer5720/11/2015
From the north along S uplands way. Route finding easy. 2.5 hrs return.jenx02/11/2015
W Jenx, down minor road to Polskeoch. Notices now say to park 1km short of road end, however by continuing past the house at road end 100m parking at side of track is possible, even for non 4x4 vehicles. Continued of SUW right to Black Hill. The diversion to Allan's Cairn not necessary. Watch for a big new track between Black Hill and Colts Hill, head straight across. Arch is nice feature on top.nordicstar02/11/2015
round of green hill,mullwhanny, colt hill, black hill, benbrack, wether hill anti clockwise from craigenbeast.robertphillips05/07/2015
Continuation of walk from Black Hill. Returned to stile on Southern Upland Way, then boggy path down to a gate onto new forest road over the col. Then boggy track up to summit. Fine monumental arch near trig point. Walk continued to Lamgarroch. With AT and JT.Man of Kernow109/05/2015
A pleasant detour whilst walking the Southern Upland Way.Gayle18/04/2015
Round of archescjo04/04/2015
ERB, RIB HFB24/08/2014
From the yellow road to the SE at NX 72637 93571. I'm not one for sculpture but I really liked the Striding Arches.Alan Moore15/04/2014
At Cairnhead (the Byre Arch) there is a grassy forest path leading off towards the summit, it seems. However it disappears or is easily lost, better with road.neimcv12/03/2014
Part of traverse.See TR for Green Hill(Bail Hill)Thearlaichdubh22/02/2014
Start: Near Polskeoch. Notes: Ascended via Southern Upland Way and Black Hill approaching summit from West with no difficulty. Descended to North encountering dense forestry plantation including wind blown trees - AVOID this in order to retain sense of humour.raffemeister18/08/2013
MC and O. 95 mins via forest track from Moniaive. Beautifully sunny, no wind. Very cold - -3 through day.Martin6611/12/2012
From end of minor road at Polskeoch. Rather devious route, forest trails emerging at High Countam on W edge of wood. Up this to Black Hill. Descended E down fence line to new road and signpost to three Striding Arches! Followed forest edge to trig and Striding Arch on top. Google Earth may show a more direct way.Aye Jimmy23/07/2011
Revisit. My final Galloway and LR77 trig. From SE, Craigenbeast, network of forest rides to Martour Hill (Donald Dewey), then Benbrack. One of Andy Goldsworthys Striding Arches is a few m away. Continued via other DD tops to Green Hill (3rd arch of the 3h 30 circuit).RHW17/04/2010
Nice easy walk up to the archborderterrier27/06/2009
Walked up Southern Upland Way over Benbrack to ascend - returned the same way.JohnW11/09/2003
Up the SUW from Polskeoch.agentmancuso28/06/2003
From Polskeoch. SUW on forest roads into forest to monument. Down and up to forest corner and final 3/4m by fence to cross wire fence to column. 12.45. No view - mist.arranc15/10/2001
From Polskeoch, along tracks and paths. Met RHW and Eddie coming down as I was going up.Minto23/10/1999
Date is first visit. Notes from later...ordinary hill, heavy approach from S, easier from N, tough to link with Wether; met JonathanW who climbed from N on easy tk. craigenbeast 714950, Fingland Burn to Colt then via Benbrack to Wether RHW23/10/1999
Keeping up with Rob after his 1,000th.Eddie23/10/1999
andy macp15/10/2023