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Eschoncan, Bennan, Benyellary - returning by the Tourist Route from Merrick
Where to park beside Bruce's Stone Glentrool with views of Eschoncan, the Glenhead valley, Bruce's Stone and Mulldonoch.
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The car park by Bruce's Stone Glentrool with Eschoncan Fell in the background The car park by Bruce's Stone Glentrool with Eschoncan Fell in the background The car park by Bruce's Stone Glentrool with Eschoncan Fell in the background
02 You see a small part of the car park at Bruce's Stone in the picture above - the car park is quite extensive. Behind the cars you can see the lower slopes of Eschoncan - up which we will be heading. This picture was taken facing northward from the path that takes you to the Stone, you can see this path leading in from the car park. Coming to the car park by car you will have entered the picture from the left (west).
In the second picture I have simple turned to face the other way (southward) along this path and you can see the Stone near the right edge of the picture. There is an excellent view down Loch Trool from the Stone. The battle it commemorates was actually fought in 1307 on the other side of the loch. The hill that you see over there is Mulldonoch. For more information about Bruce's Stone and the surrounding hills see the Introduction to the Galloway Hills.
In the third picture we are looking eastward towards Glenhead. The Southern Upland Way goes up through that glen as does the National Cycle Route 7 - on it's way to Clatteringshaws. The cycle route comes through the car park but the SUW comes along the south side of Loch Trool. You are not allowed to drive eastward beyond the car park but you can cycle.
View of Bruce's Stone, Loch Trool and Mulldonoch
Looking east from Bruce's Stone towards Glenhead
Bruce's Stone Glentrool
View of the Location of Bruce's Stone  and the battle site from Eschoncan
Bruce's Stone commemorates Robert the Bruces' first victory (1307) in the wars of independence. Mouseover to see more information in both these images.
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