Merrick (Galloway)

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Awful Hand and Loch Enoch.jpg
Merrick and Awful Hand range seen from Loch Enoch
Highest point
Elevation843 m (2,766 ft)
Prominencec. 705 m
Parent peakHelvellyn
ListingCorbett, Marilyn, Donald, Hardy, Council top (Dumfries and Galloway), County top (Kirkcudbrightshire)
Coordinates55°08′21″N 4°28′06″W / 55.1393°N 4.4684°W / 55.1393; -4.4684Coordinates: 55°08′21″N 4°28′06″W / 55.1393°N 4.4684°W / 55.1393; -4.4684
OS gridNX427855
Topo mapOS Landranger 77

Merrick (Gaelic: Meurag, meaning "finger") is the highest mountain in the Southern Uplands of southern Scotland and is part of the Range of the Awful Hand. The line of sight from Merrick to Snowdon is theoretically the longest in the British Isles.

Line of sight[edit]

The 144-mile (232 km) view between Merrick and Snowdon is the longest line of sight in the British Isles [1], but for geometrical reasons Merrick would be very difficult to observe from Snowdon[further explanation needed].

Granite boulders[edit]

An interesting feature on the mountain is the presence of several large partly buried granite boulders at about 800 m on the broad west ridge.[1] They are glacial erratics, but the exact mechanism is unclear that has brought them to rest close to the highest point of the Southern Uplands and over 200 m higher than any currently-occurring granite in the Galloway Hills.


The shortest route of ascent is from the car park in Glen Trool. The car park is located near Bruce's Stane, a monument commemorating the victory of Robert the Bruce over the English forces of Edward II at the Battle of Glen Trool in 1307. The Merrick is a relatively straightforward and easy hill walk from the car park near Bruces Stone. The route climbs past the recently restored Culsharg bothy then up on to Benyellary. After dropping slightly the final climb to the summit trig-point is made. Be aware that if descending in poor visibility a very common mistake is to walk down the west ridge into remote terrain. The total round-trip distance from Glen Trool to the summit and back is just under 8 miles (13 km).


Because of the nature of the rock no good rock climbing has been recorded on the Merrick. However, in winter after a good freeze there are a number of good ice climbs of up to 200 m on the Black Gairy, which lies west of the summit.[2]

Ice climbing in the Black Gutter, Merrick

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hostile Habitats - Scotland's Mountain Environment, p.68, pub. July 2006, ISBN 0-907521-93-2
  2. ^ John Biggar (2006). "Merrick Icefalls". Archived from the original on 2007-10-26. Retrieved 6 October 2019.

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