By Robin Howie
Beneficiant along with his aid and recommendation to different walkers, this choice of shorter, reduce point walks will attract households and people much less convinced of venturing to the excessive tops. This key advisor has all the vital gains that would maximise your delight in the walks.
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Additional resources for 100 Scotsman Walks: From Hill to Glen and River
In 1296 Edward I and his army used the road during his incursion into Scotland and, four centuries later, the Marquis of Montrose took the same road after his defeat at Philiphaugh by General Leslie’s Covenanting army. The whole route is well way marked and on a superb dry track. The initial part is a steady but easy climb of 350m over two miles to the north side of the heathery slopes of Minch Moor, with the road going between widely-spaced walls that betray its antiquity. The area around Minch Moor is part of the Elibank and Traquair Forest, though some of it has been felled.
The direction overall is southwest, but there are a number of right angle turns through the district of Kings Muir, past a school and houses. This is not as complicated as it may seem for there are more signs on the way, heading towards the west side of Tantah House, at map ref 246393. Now it is into open country and the slopes of Cademuir Hill. When we were there, the ground was muddy, and horses had churned up the start. No matter, as the going improves, following a grassy track on the west side of Cademuir Plantation beside a drystane dyke and fence posts.
The walk goes from Gladhouse Reservoir through grazing land and skirts grouse moorland (so no dogs please) with a small optional detour to the remains of Hirendean Castle. Map and compass (with knowledge of how to use them) are essential for even in clear visibility the undulating moorland can be a confusing place. Park off the road to Moorfoot Farm at the south end of Gladhouse Reservoir (map ref 292528). There is a grassy spot with an East of Scotland Water sign saying ‘No Swimming’ – not that you would be tempted on a cold day!