|Hill walk routes to climb in SW Scotland - also coastal paths and National Scenic Areas with maps, pictures and other useful information based on extensive local knowledge|
|The Four Main Hill Ranges of SW Scotland|
There are three major valleys which break through
the hill ranges of South West Scotland creating the main corridors which
mankind has travelled down through the ages. In the east is Annandale,
which runs between the Queensberrys/Lowthers and the Moffat/Ettrick hills
and which becomes the Valley of the River Clyde (hence "Clydesdale"
in Lanarkshire) once you pass over the watershed near Abbington.
The picture below shows the view from Cairnkinna in the Scaur hills looking east across the Nith Valley to the Lowthers.
|The major break in the hills in the west is what is known as the Glenkens. Here we do not a have single river valley, but rather a series of Lochs, the largest being Loch Ken. This series of Lochs has been adapted for the generation of electricity in a string of hydroschemes all the way from the Ayrshire border down to Tongland near Kirkcudbright. The Galloway and Minnigaff hills lie west of the Glenkens. The picture below shows the view from Cairnsgarroch at the north end of the Rhinns of Kells looking over to Cairnsmore of Carsphairn and the rest of the Scaur Hills. The village of Carsphairn can be seen beside the figures.|