Name:Bennan
Hill number:1788
Height:398m / 1306ft
SMC/RHB Section:27C: The Glenkens to Annandale
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway
Topographical area:SS03 Carsphairn-criffel
Catchment:Nith
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (300-399m), Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,3,Y)
Grid ref:NX 82186 76963
Summit feature:Turner's Monument
Drop:186m
Col:212m  NX784828  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 84
(1:25k) 313 321
Survey:obvious summit
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Parked at roadside on one of numerous adjacent spots at NX829763 where a core path sign to John Turner Monument points through a gate and up a track, leading to a gate in the fence near the shooting butts. Easy grassy slopes to the summit monument.ColinW22/03/2024
From 213 point on road to S. Clag from about 310m up but not raining or windy. Stalked by local grouse-botherer in Hilux - every time I looked round on ascent he had moved vehicle to another spot from which he could still see me. Probably thought I was going to smash his mustelid traps. Should have mooned him. Inspected the fibreglass Henry Moore after. En route Edinb to Ldn. Rounsfell12/12/2023
From verge parking/ gate to SE. Signed Turner’s Monument Circular 2, but no path. Headed straight uphill over pleasant sheep pasture with some heather and 1 bw fence, crossing good gravel track. Impressive 19th Century stone tower/ monument on top. Also pivot or old trig on flat horizontal rock on SW corner? Great views on sunny day. Solo. Return same way. Memorial to itinerant horn cutlery maker, and Covenanter, d 1841, who funded his own memorial. https://www.dunscore.org.uk/items-of-interest/johnnie-turner/Denise 27/11/2023
Followed the stone track from the road to the SSE, signposted Turner's Monument Circular. Parking adjacent to track entrance. Initially Bennan then Craigelwhan.summitter24/07/2023
4/5 Marilyns. Parked at NX 82640-75645. Walked up land rover tracks to near top. Mountain bike able as seen by a young chaps old and cheap MTB near the top.Jhimmy30/07/2022
Third hill of the day, unfamiliar place and alwys finding it a bit hard to get car wide and ling tucked off road. This must be a posh estate, houses painted pink. Parked in a wide lay by with plentyof space just before Glen House etc. Over an unopenable gate, plodded through field with sheep and lamps, to the out by gate, which can be opened ….ATV track petered out at a big sheep fank…therafter thank less plod through moss filled hags….met another dry stane dyke and followed that westwards…and onto Turners Monument…. Saw Henry Moore sculpture on way up. NOTE, if you continue on this road, there is a Core Path to monument, with a lovely big place to leave car .VerySlowPlodder06/07/2022
Solo trip. It looks as though there will be another new track, signposted and starting at NX829763 (where you can park on the verge). However it fizzles out after ~200m. There is another bit NW of the gate in the 2nd wall. Easy enough ground even if you don't use the track.Invicta1429/05/2022
Good parking for 2 cars by the tree at the start of the new track (8264 7567)49pp07/03/2022
from small car park at Glen Kiln reservoir. Our route of ascent was not the best - rough heather, bog and tussocks occasionally relieved by some intermittent atv tracks. Signs of excavation for a possible wind farm. This confirmed higher up when we could see the newly built access track. Johnnie Turner monument is a great spot; the views are superb and the history of this travelling horn worker is fascinating. Descent quick via the new road which passes the Glenkiln cross, a Henry Moore sculpture on the hillside.sarahk04/01/2022
Track taken from near the small reservoir and dam which peters out after a short while and then it is easy tussocky sometimes wet ground to the summit which is adorned with the wonderful Turners Monument which is an Intersected Station also. From here a descent to the main track crossed just before the summit where we headed right to beneath Craigelwhan where we branched off at a small quarry area to the summit which houses an ancient shepherds cairn. Returned back to the track which we followed to the road and the short walk along it to the car.Wayne Mac05/12/2021
From road on signposted track, then directly up to the summit monument.Winterfloodian22/10/2021
Signposted wide track from gate to south of hill. Solo.Dangerous Dave06/10/2021
Parked at NX8264475658. Followed track, then new track which branches of to right/North which leads to within 200m of summit.PeteF13/09/2021
1 of 3: From the sign at 826756. With Karen.ChrisR01/09/2021
Parked NX826756 then easy walking on track almost to the summit. Gates all openable for dogs / bikes & the one cattle grid has a pedestrian gate. Sheep in abundance. We continued past several small paths to the summit, crossed the dyke (gate) and ascended from the NE to re-cross the dyke at a high gate near the summit. Heather & moss but easy enough underfoot, probably quite wet in winter. Not your usual adventure but the straightforward walk was rewarded by incredible views from the summit. With dog, J&JP.catlovesmaps10/08/2021
With Teddy. Parked up at the foot of the signposted path and made my way on good tracks to the monument. Quickly up and down.jigglybones16/01/2021
From the road (NX 8265 7567), parking available for a few cars. Could have driven up to around NX 8226 7662 where there is also space to park. On to Craigelwhan.jonglew12/01/2021
Turners monument, 1st of many ascents this year.RO-702315/04/2020
Park on W side of road in a space big enough for a couple of vehicles at NX82647562. Walk N up road for 40m, then follow track W to junction at NX82187583. Take the right fork NW. This major vehicle track looks recently upgraded and continues high onto the hill and beyond to the NE. Due to high winds from the W we continued around to E of the summit on this excellent vehicle track to NX82347686. Then NW over easy ground following the easiest line we could find to the summit.geralddavison12/03/2020
From tight parking by the gate. Second visit on a fine, crisp morningColin Crawford09/12/2019
From sign through gate and up. There are two gates in bwf. I took the left but the right looks shorter in hindsight. Very misty but nice to see the monument on my six hundredth Marilyn.SS24/02/2019
Unsure of date - during Feb 2019limelight98610/02/2019
From Glenkiln reservoir car park. We walked north along the road for 400m and took a left at the junction. At the junction, once upon a time, there was a Rodin sculpture. The Wikipedia page for Glenkiln sculpture park makes interesting reading. The sculpture is no longer there because one of the others was stolen. We walked past Shalloch and continued on the forest road for a further kilometre and a half to a T-junction. Here we took a left, the road deteriorating. After another 750m there is a narrow, wet track branching off on the right. This is shown on the 1:25000 (but not the 1:50000). We took that to the forest edge. From this point it is possible to follow ATV tracks (still within the forest boundary) until a stile over the wall is reached. We crossed that and then followed the wall on the other side through often marshy ground until a further junction of walls at the 350m mark. The wall here is easily surmounted and then you find your way up to the summit of Bennan and itClach Liath09/12/2018
With Jack.iangpark07/10/2018
Car park at 839 784. Old gate to leave road at about 8420780. Follow wall almost to top, crossing at gate about 830 772PeteN03/06/2018
Parked NX829763,no problemsG0HIO06/05/2018
From gate to south as many othersAlan Caine25/03/2018
A lovely walk on snow from the small forestry plantation, up the ATV track, step over the fence, then heather and grass to the top. Stunning views: blue skies and sunshine, and snowy hills all round.Gill10/12/2017
From near the large farm (too pink to think) at Glen. Up through fields aided by 3 gates to the wall which was followed to summit. Evening walkN.Morters23/08/2017
From SE along invisible Core Path, on to Craigelwhan.agentmancuso28/05/2017
From south east as others. Watch the first gate -not on its hinges- I couldn't stop it falling then fell on it and bruised my knee. In the clag today which made the navigation interesting where it gets pretty pathless after the fence. Did find the gate to save possible injury getting over the triple barbed wire fence onto open ground.Mark Sims01/02/2017
From the SE, direct line taken. About 300m from the road, a triple layered barbed wire fence with no obvious stiles. If slim, easier to go between the lowest barbed wire section and the regular wire mesh lower down, rather than trying to over the top.Owen B03/11/2016
Followed the non-existent path from the SE.Chris Peart25/07/2016
From gate at ......, like others. There is a signpost here now for Core Path 70 to the Turner Monument and another on the road 500m SW. I doubt if I followed the route though. I went through the gate onto the grouse moor then followed lines of shooting hides and beaters' (?)tracks to the cairn S of the monument and then to the top. Followed the wall E on the way down but didn't cross the stiles and kept to the W side of the burn.pwheeler10/05/2016
From car park at N end of Glenkiln Reservoir. Up mainly via forest tracks. Direct line taken down. Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/marilyning-around-dumfries.htmlGayle06/05/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac03/02/2016
Parked at 829762 and headed directly north west to Turners monument with GB.bolton19/03/2015
Roadside parking at W. side of small forest area (NX82957 76262) – Up 4x4 track to metal gate & then picked way along faint paths up through heather to Turner’s Monument. (PM)gerrybowes19/03/2015
parked at small wood at 829763 up south side of the wood, crossed fence, then wet ground to the top.robertphillips09/11/2014
Easy bag from the SEAndrewFinnimore24/10/2014
Solo HFB06/10/2013
Climb on grass from C class road just 300m SW of Glen. Walk to metal gate above small wood to save climbing fence. Operated for SOTA on HF/VHF.G4OBK (Phil)01/10/2013
From Glenkiln Reservoir, further than it looked from Bishop Forest Hill. Hill track rather vague higher up on rough heathery ground.neimcv25/06/2013
from 829763, i.e to w of forest. there is 4wd track much of way. enjoy the sculpturesThearlaichdubh31/05/2013
MC alone.Martin6629/08/2012
W Jenx frm GR829762. Easily on pasture then track thru heather. 30 mins and great views. Back same way.nordicstar06/05/2012
Foggy, all the way to the monumentcjo06/01/2012
Started from SE at 829762, initially on short grass through two gates, some rough heather higher up.Topographer5703/07/2011
From reservoir car park. Sunny, warm, sharp wind, great views.iangalbraith07/04/2011
Started from laybey near farm. Walked through farm fields up to summit, very marshly insome placesbiggaz77727/03/2011