Hill and Trail Walking



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Embark on a captivating hill walking adventure with our guided 6hr day trips spanning the picturesque Galloway Hills, Southern Uplands, and Ayrshire Coast. Perfect for holidaymakers and families with children 8yrs+ seeking quality time amidst stunning landscapes, our excursions promise a memorable experience that will linger in your memory.

Joining a day out with our expert mountain leaders offers a unique opportunity to hone essential outdoor skills. The Galloway hills and Ayrshire coast are great terrain for sharpening navigation techniques to meticulous route planning, participants will gain a heightened awareness of the local flora, fauna, historical significance, and weather interpretation. Our knowledgeable leaders ensure an immersive learning experience that goes beyond the scenic beauty.

Beyond the enriching educational aspects, we pride ourselves on tailoring the day to cater to specific interests and needs. This flexibility allows us to incorporate sessions on security measures for navigating steep terrain and river crossing, offering participants a well-rounded skill set for varied terrains and conditions.

As a certified Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere business, our guided walks seamlessly integrate within the biosphere, offering a unique experience that harmonizes with the natural environment. Explore diverse landscapes with our expert guides, ensuring sustainable and enriching adventures while contributing to the preservation of this UNESCO biosphere https://www.gsabiosphere.org.uk/

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, a family looking for a memorable holiday activity, or someone eager to explore nature’s wonders, our walking day trips provide an ideal blend of adventure, education, and scenic beauty. The landscapes we traverse are not only breathtakingly beautiful but also serve as the backdrop for forging lasting memories.

In summary, our guided day trips offer an immersive exploration of diverse terrains, coupled with skill-building opportunities and a chance to appreciate the natural wonders of Galloway Hills, Southern Uplands, and the Ayrshire Coast. Join us for an enriching experience that combines outdoor adventure with education, creating memories to cherish for a lifetime.

We are offering new exciting walks such as:

Sawney Beans Cave – Discover the Dark Secrets of Sawney Bean:
Embark on an extraordinary guided journey along the enigmatic Ayrshire Coast, as you make your way to Sawney Bean’s Cave, infamous for the legendary cannibal himself. This thrilling adventure promises to test your mettle with elements of scrambling, climbing, and negotiating rough terrain. As you delve into the chilling tales of Sawney Bean, the notorious Scottish outlaw, expert guides will lead you through the eerie chambers of his hideaway, creating an immersive experience that blends history and horror.

Traverse the rugged coastal landscapes that surround Sawney Bean’s Cave, unearthing the secrets of this infamous figure along the way. The cave, nestled in the hidden cove of Balcreuchan Port, holds a rich history, having served as a hub for fishermen until the late 19th century. Even today, remnants of a channel, cleared for safe boat landings during low tide, tell tales of a bygone era.

Adding to the mystique is the basalt geology of the cave, a testament to the geological wonders that have shaped the Ayrshire Coast. Moreover, historical records indicate that the cave has been utilised by various people since 1600, further enriching its narrative.

This spine-tingling guided walk invites you to explore the dark mysteries of Sawny Bean’s Cave against the captivating backdrop of the Ayrshire Coast’s natural wonders. Immerse yourself in the fascinating blend of natural beauty, historical intrigue, and the eerie legacy of Sawney Bean. Book your guided walk now to embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of Scotland’s most infamous tales, where each step echoes with the legends of the past.

The Grey Man Hill Walk:
Embark on a thrilling hill walk, Conquering the highest peak in the Galloway forest park, the majestic Merrick standing tall at 843 meters. This captivating 14Km circuit weaves through a landscape of unparalleled beauty, offering a diverse array of natural wonders and challenging terrains.

Your journey begins with the ascent of the Merrick, where the sweeping vistas from its summit unveil a breathtaking panorama of the Galloway Hills. As you traverse the undulating terrain, You’ll encounter the extraordinary Grey Man of the Merrick, a captivating rock formation that mysteriously resembles the face of a man, adding a touch of intrigue to your adventure.

The circuit continues to unfold, guiding you to the shores of Loch Enoch. This serene loch, cradles within the rugged hills, reflects the surrounding peaks and provides a tranquil setting for contemplation. The route then leads you to the Rig of Loch Enoch, where the landscape takes on a dramatic character, showcasing the untamed beauty of the Galloway Hills.

As you navigate the circuit, the allure of the Buchan Hill beckons. Ascend its slopes and be rewarded with panoramic views that stretch across the expansive forest park. Each step is a dance with nature, as the circuit combines challenging ascents with serenity of Lochside route.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker seeking a thrilling adventure or a nature enthusiast yearning for a connection with the wild, this 14km trek (5 to 6 hours, Moderate to difficult hill walk) promises an unforgettable experience. From the commanding heights of the Merrick to the enigmatic Grey Man, the tranquil shores of Loch Enoch to the rugged beauty of the Rig and Buchan Hill, every element of this journey is a testament to the diverse and captivating landscapes that define the Galloway Forest Park. Immerse yourself in the magic of this extraordinary circuit, where each step brings you closer to the heart of Scotland’s natural wonders.

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Sawney Bean's Cave Circuit Walk - 14/07/24
Sunday 14th July 2024 10.30am 2 Hours
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Our qualified and experienced instructors can safely guide you through all levels of mountaineering from hill walking and climbing right through to more challenging mountain routes and exposed ridges. You can choose your level according to how fit and challenging you want your experience to be.

A day out with a mountain leader is a great way to sharpen up navigation skills, route planning and awareness of local flora and fauna, history and weather interpretation. We can also tailor the day to include sessions on security on steep ground and river crossing.

We can arrange day trips and routes throughout the Galloway forest, peaks of Arran and Southern uplands.  This is a great way to spend a holiday and for families to spend some quality time together whilst enjoying the great outdoors. The landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful and the experience will stay with you for a lifetime.

For more experienced climbers and mountaineers we can offer you valuable local knowledge along with facilitating and supporting more adventurous expeditions in the magnificent Galloway hills.

Our instructor will meet you at you at the venue for your walk. Your walk can be from a few hours to a full day.

Prcies start at £20 for a 2 hour walk – with prices increasing and varying depending on the type and length of walk.

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Items that are included in the cost price (if required by the participant).

  • Walking boots
  • Waterproofs
  • Rucksack
  • Maps/Compass
  • Insurance cover

Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

  • Walking Aids
  • Food and Water
  • Transport

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