Name:Kirriereoch Hill
Hill number:1691
Height:786.8m / 2581ft
RHB Section:27B: Carrick and Galloway
Donald area:Galloway Hills
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Cree, Doon
Watershed:Mull of Galloway to St Abb's Head, Firth of Clyde
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Donald, Corbett Top,
Yeaman, Deleted Corbett
Grid ref:NX 42093 86950
Summit feature:large smooth rock
Col:636.6m  NX 4258 8650  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 77
(1:25k) 318
Observations:all cairns are lower
Survey:Leica Disto D510/Leica RX1250
Comments:new Marilyn August 2015
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From Bruce's Stone, over Merrick, Kirriereoch to Shalloch on Minnoch. Returned by the same route. Rained for most of the 6 hours!Geoff Briggs29/05/2024
A long day over from New Galloway, up and over and back to the Merrick. Looked daunting but ultimately doable. Rather than straight up from the col head right through the wall and between two sets of scree. Gets you onto short grass to the summit. Not sure which was the county top so visited three alternatives, before heading back over the Merrick.pclyndes07/04/2024
Along the forestry road from the Kirriereoch CP choosing to take a route alongside the Pillow Burn when reaching its bridge ... bad move, very wet in places. The crossing of Cross Burn was also rather tricky following a day of rainfall. Once over, the climb to Carnirock Stone and the Kirriereoch summits was far more pleasant. Then northwards to the Tarfessock tops, a minor path most of the way. Similar path to Shalloch on Minnoch and its Trig, and ATV routes up most of the way to its North Top. Just animal trods to the heathery Shalloch, then NW to the unclassified road and a long road walk back to the start. 6hrs total.summitter13/12/2023
From Stroan Bridge for a round of Benyellary, Merrick, Kirriereoch Hill, Tarfessock South Top, Tarfessock, Shalloch on Minnoch and Caerloch Dhu.rhalstead27/08/2023
from Tarfessock, difficult in thick mist. Went too much to the west on descent and gave myself extra Tussocky moorland to cross. I call this the Honorary Corbett.IanHHill08/05/2023
From Bruce`s Stone, past Culsharg, Benyellary onto Merrick and Kirriereoch Hill.colazione04/03/2023
Kirriereoch Hill and Merrick from Kirriereoch Loch. 2 of 5thekirkie pirate19/09/2022
Solo traverse of The Awful Hand from Kirriereoch. Anti-clockwise loop from near the Kirriereoch Loch along the track to the edge of the forest then across the tussock-grass from hell, before ascending Benyellary->Merrick->Kirriereoch Hill-->Tarfessock-->Shalloch on Minnoch and then back down to Kirriereoch via a squelchy forest track and then the forestry track. The flies, midges, mozzies and other insects were incessant due to the lack of wind, otherwise good conditions. Total time 7h 1min.mproudfoot28/08/2022
Left Kevin Woods car at the Bruce's Stone car park in Glen Trool, I drove around to the high point on the road north of Caerloch Dhu. We headed south across the heather and bog to gain Caerloch Dhu, from where the paths 'started', then we continued south over Shalloch on Minnoch, Trafessock, Trafessock South Top, then the steep climb up to Kirriereoch Hill. This is were I turned west descending down to catch a track to Kirriereoch Loch, where I met Kevin. He'd headed south over to the Merrick and Benyellary then down into Glentrool for his car. 06:50hrs all in, hazy in the distant but dry with a light breeze.chillyman816/07/2022
Kirriereoch Hill from parking/picnic area [359,866] next to Water of Minnock just off track to Kirriereoch farm. Followed forestry roads to very near end of track [388,881] then southwards down ride turning eastwards at end of trees - very wet in places - then over Cross Burn to find path up ridge to Carnirock Stone and along ridge to summit. Returned by outward route.RobB07/05/2022
From car park at bridge out forestry tracks then on to well publicised cairn along atv. Cut down past old sheep fold and easily hopped burn. Steady going to ridge then wonderful walking to the summit with views in all directions on a glorious though chilly day. Returned same way.SS23/04/2022
Parked at Kirriereoch picnic site and cycled to end of track. We then followed the ATV track to its end at the edge of the forest. Worked our way down to the burn and slowly ascended to the ridge then lovely walking to the summit.Crumblie225/03/2022
South north traverse - telling that paths run out after one leaves the summit of The Merrick. Despite it's being a Marilyn, it's clear that many fewer folk visit this hillColin Crawford28/06/2021
A circuit of Merrick, Kirriereoch Hill, Mullwharchar and Craignaw from Bruce's Stone Car Park. Recorded route and write-up at:
Start and finish point was Loch Doon Forest Drive Car Park at NX 47663 94198. Followed Forest Drive around Loch Riecawr and ascended via Craigencoof Burn crossing summitts of Shalloch on Minnoch, Tarfessock, Tarfessock South Top, Kirriereoch Hill (Boundary) and Kirriereoch Hill. Descent via Loch Twachtan (where we camped) and Eglin Lane river valley entering forest through Wee Craigfionn. Route very wet and tussocky at lower levels and map and compass required on hills which were shrouded in low cloud.lindslow14/05/2021
With E. From car park at end of Glen Trool road took main path to Merrick via Benyellary. Then solo via Merrick Little Spear en-route to Kirriereoch Hill (boundary). Return same route. Dry and cold.Beeliner02/05/2021
Merrick Ridge from Carrick Forest to Glen Trool 31km/ 1660m ascent, 10hrs 10minHuwel26/02/2021
24 miles 3979ft, Start Glentrool Village to Bruces Stone then Benyellary, Merrick and Kirriereoch Hill and back through Glentrool Forest to Glentrool campsite.stephenbuda21/09/2020
From South of Stinchar Bridge took the faint track from the passing place for the traverse of ridge to Glen Trool, That took us over Caerloch Dhu, Shalloch on Minnoch, Tarfessock, itís south top, Kirriereoch Hill, Merrick and Benyellary. with A &C. Initial low cloud lifted but two very heavy spells of rain, with good views in between.PeterD04/09/2020
19 mile, 10 hour walk on the Awful Hand range. I started with part of the Cornish Hill circuit before turning for the hills and climbing to the summit of Shalloch on Minnoch (775m), Tarfessock (694m) and Kirriereoch (786m). Then the fun really began as I dropped down across tough cross country to Tunskeen Bothy and then similar climbing back to Girvan Eye, and then onto Craigmasheenie (539m) and Shiel Hill (507m) before dropping back to the Cornish Hill circuit and completing it. I was very lucky with the weather, the cloud lifted off the summits as forecast, producing some lovely clear views and I even got a few hours of sun whilst on the Hand range.meltdiceburg19/08/2020
Faint descent path to W goes to Cross Burn at 388878. Very boggy on W side of burn but possible to cut north to track.49pp14/08/2020
Starting from Merrick top. Showers, windy. S on M after and Mullwh. Rounsfell10/07/2020
MMC walk with Noelle Ryan, Allan Gililland, Paul Stokes,Harry Birbeck and Lily. Low cloud and damp moorland. Faint path most of way, which took us off track onto the west ridge of Tarfessock. 7 1/2 hours.alexmaclennan24/11/2019
From Bens Memorial parking area near Laglanny, then along tracks to Shalloch on Monnoch cottage, continuing by Shalloch Burn until clear of forest, then up Shalloch on Minnoch's W ridge, past trig point to summit, then S along ridge over Tarfessock to Kirriereoch Hill (ascending N ridge), descending to W roughly following county boundary, along extremely wet and tussocky forest ride to track leading towards Kirriereoch house, back to road, return to parkingkdbennett08/07/2019
Parked at Stinchar Bridge. Cairnadloch,Caerloch Dhu, Shalloch on Minnoch, Tarfessock both tops and Kirriereoch Hill. Returned same way. 5.5 hours round trip.Longwojo06/06/2019
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
With Rue, Davie, Graham, Nigel in mist, unfortunatelydavechaffey01/03/2019
From Shalloch on Minnoch, good path down ridge met with bog from hell cutting through the forest break to track. Advice... get to track up right at the stream.N.Morters02/10/2018
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
Up from col with Tarfessock S Top on L of screes, slow going on steep grass to reach wall and tnen went to each summit marker, stopping for lunch behind large cairn on SW summit. Weather remained fine. Contemplated continuing to The Merrick but rejected idea - tired and already behind schedule, so descended W ridge to ford Cross Burn and through marsh to track end and along it to P. First visit was also solo, on 22/06/2015.jacobus04/09/2018
With Franni Baggins. From Glen Trool: Merrick, Kirriereoch Hill, Mullwharchar, Craignaw, Craiglee. Do not attempt unless you have strong ankles.raffemeister13/08/2018
Reached via a eleven mile walk from Bruceís 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
Although still officially closed, drove up Carrick Forest Drive along with scores of other vehicles. Cycled up from Loch Riecawr as far as Sleathornrig, thereafter the track becomes too rough to cycle but continues south of Tunskeel through what would otherwise be leg twisting ground. North face of Kirriereoch is steep and stony. Tail wind return via north ridge and Shalloch on Minnoch.Topographer5719/05/2018
A nice walk from the forestry road above Kirriereoch Loch. It's easy to drive to the Y junction on the road, but don't do this during the working week, when the logging trucks are at work. A 4WD would get to the end of the track. The track turns into an ATV track out to the end of the forest, but look for a large cairn, where you need to take the vague right fork downhill. The track goes to a bulldozed section, then traverse above the trees and take deer tracks through tussocks and bogs down to the river. It's then easy to climb up the side of the hill onto the ridge. Lovely summit plateau and splendid views.Gill25/03/2018
Parked over bridge near picnic area then walked along track passed Kirriereoch to continue along forest track to below SW of ridge of Tarfessock. Up path of sorts by wood edge then east to Tarfessock. Then onto Tarfessock South Top then aiming for the boundary wall on Kirriereoch Hill then onto its summit boulder. Easy amble to Kirriereoch Hill (boundary) before heading back down the west ridge towards the forest a river crossing before regaining the forest track.Dugswell224/03/2018
Round including Shalloch, Tarfessock and Kirriereoch from Kirriereoch farm.Roblex06/10/2017
with Maggievegibagger23/09/2017
Solo. I followed the Merrick Trail from the road end in Glen Trool over Benyellary to Merrick. From the summit of Merrick I descended north over Little Spear and then ascended northwestwards up Kirriereoch Hill. I located the large smooth rock where the highest point lies. I also went to the cairn on the wall that marks the highest point of the historic county of Ayrshire as well as of the current unitary authority of South Ayrshire. I returned by my outward route. 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
From Merrick. Easy to find the way even in thick hill fog and light rain.Owen B20/05/2017
2nd hill of 9 today on my South Ayrshire completion walk visiting Kirriemore hill and the boundary high point before wandering around here in mist, wind and rain. The smooth rock is pretty much a feature in a barren lunar-like atmosphere. Re-visited the boundary high point before continuing on to Tarfessock South top. I took a harder descent line than necessary necessitating some scrambling but views through mist appearing sporadically.Dazingdale20/05/2017
Had feared the worst after seeing impenetrable forest blocking access to the open hillside, but turned out to be a delightful ridge walk. No forest operations evident so drove to end of track from picnic site, along ATV track to cairn, turned right down to Cross Burn and onto ridge where a faint path leads most of the way to the summit.AndrewFinnimore07/05/2017
Merrick then onto Kirriereoch then Shalloch on Minnoch, Lovely day, slight breeze taking the heat away.Jhimmy06/05/2017
Third and last Donald of the day. Great views in the sunny but cool weather.Play2End04/05/2017
3rd of 8 hills on a 16 mile round from Bruce's Stone CP with Alex C. Toss up between a smooth embedded rock and a small cairn 35m SW, I'd go for the cairn, but seems the rock is the HP. From Merrick and on to the county boundary top 5m lower with its 2m prominence.jonglew09/04/2017
Alone: Kirriereoch Hill, Tarfessock, SoM & Caerloch Dubh.Grinner02/04/2017
From here descend to Balminnoch Loch and the up over the ridge and down Carmaddie Brae, return to the bothy and back to the start.smocks and denims23/03/2017
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
5/6 Fifth of Six on Scottish Borders (Craigairie Fell/Benyellary/Meerick/Kirrieroch Hill Boundary/Kirrieroch Hill/Bennan)Fergalh13/08/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac29/07/2016