Coordinates: 55°13′01″N 4°01′01″W / 55.217°N
4.0170°W / 55.217; -4.0170 The
Carsphairn and Scaur hills are the
western and eastern hills respectively of a hill range in the Southern
Uplands of Scotland.
Ordnance Survey maps don't have a general name
for the hill area as a whole. Also,
Ordnance Survey use "Scar" rather
than the local spelling of "Scaur" - the word is pronounced as "Scar"
however. In their Landranger Series of maps it requires four separate
sheets to cover the area.
The Burns Cairn in Glen Afton. The inscription on the cairn says "Flow
Gently Sweet Afton.
Robert Burns 1759 - 1796. Erected by New Cumnock
Burns Club (500) to mark its golden jubilee 1973."
Looking east across
Nithsdale to the
Lowther Hills - from Cairnkinna.
1.1 The Northern Boundary
1.2 The Southern Boundary
2 River Systems
2.1 Water of Ken
2.2 Dalwhat Water
2.3 Shinnel Water
2.4 Scaur Water
2.5 Euchan Water and the Kello Water
2.6 Afton Water
2.7 River Nith
2.8 Water of Deugh
3 Access to Scaur Hills
3.1 From the north
3.2 From the east
3.3 From the south and south east
4 Access to
4.1 Cairnsmore of Carsphairn
Water of Ken
Water of Ken routes
4.3 From Afton Water
Kirkconnel and Sanquhar
5 Surrounding Communities
Carronbridge to Moniaive
Dalmellington to Sanquhar
7 Deil's Dyke
9 Further reading
10 External links
This range lies between two other ranges, the
Galloway hills to the
west and the Lowther hills to the east. The overall shape of this hill
area is oval with the longer curved sides to top and bottom. From the
north western point of the oval at
Dalmellington to the south eastern
one at Thornhill is around 39 kilometres (as the crow flies), though
Dalmellington lies some 10 kilometres further north than Thornhill. So
the axis of the oval runs from north west to south east. Taking a
section across the west end of the oval, from
New Cumnock in the north
Carsphairn in the south it is over 19 kilometres and on the east a
similar cross section from
Moniaive is almost the same (19
kilometres). The north west quarter of the oval lies in
Strathclyde Region and the other three quarters are in
By comparison with the
Galloway and Lowther hills these hills are much
less frequented or known about except by the local populace - for whom
the hills have a special place in the folk memories of the
communities. There are also many more communities immediately around
these hills than around either the Lowthers or the
Galloway hills and
what to call this hill area would be challenged strongly by these
local communities who would each wish to claim the hills for their
own. Being much more readily accessible and in general considerably
less challenging than the neighbouring ranges these hills are much
more lived in and used on a daily basis by the local communities. They
are exploited on an altogether more casual basis, by communities which
strongly identify with them.
Scaur Glen from Cloud Hill near Polgown on the
Southern Upland Way
Southern Upland Way -
looking south east with Weltrees Hill on the left then Glenwhargen
Craig. Cairnkinna is the dark silhouette beyond these on the skyline
and Black Rig (catching the light) is in front of it. Peat Hill is the
hill on the right of the picture. The post in the foreground is one of
the SUW way markers
The Northern Boundary
Dalmellington the B741 runs north east to
New Cumnock passing the
head waters of the
River Nith on the way. At
New Cumnock this road
joins the A76 which follows the valley of the Nith eastward through
the former coal mining towns of
swinging southward to Thornhill. The northern boundary therefore
River Nith for all but some 5 kilometres. The A76 carries
on from there southward with the
River Nith to the town of Dumfries.
The Southern Boundary
From Thornhill the boundary is formed by the
A702 road which travels
south west through the small villages of
Penpont and Moniaive. From
Moniaive the A702 continues in a south westerly direction towards St.
John's Town of Dalry and New Galloway, but the boundary of our hill
area follows the B729 westward towards
Carsphairn on a largely single
track road. At
Carsphairn the B729 joins the A713 heading
north-westward for Dalmellington.
Trig point and spiral cairn on top of Cairnkinna with a squall coming
in from the Lowthers.
Blacklorg Hill lies roughly in the centre of this hill area with the
Afton Reservoir just to the west of it. The main rivers radiate out
from this central area in all directions. Below is a list of the main
water courses starting from
Water of Ken
Water of Ken and following a clockwise
order round the various waters.
Water of Ken
Water of Ken
Water of Ken rises just to the south east of the watershed at
Polskeoch; less than a kilometre from the head waters of Scaur Water
on the other side of the watershed. It heads in a generally southern
direction and joins the Water of Deugh some two and a half kilometres
north of Kendoon power station which is the second in a series of such
power stations running all the way down through the Glenkens from
Loch Doon (which is used as a reservoir for the system
and whose level was raised by 27 feet by damming in the 1930s) to
Tongland near Kirkcudbright. This series of power stations is called
Galloway hydro-electric power scheme. The next two power stations are
at Carsfad Loch and Earlstoun Loch with
Water of Ken
Water of Ken running through
them to the fourth power station at Glenlee (one kilometre south west
of St John's Town of Dalry) and onward as far as Parton village (where
James Clerk Maxwell
James Clerk Maxwell is buried) on Loch Ken, where it is subsumed into
the River Dee. The southern end of
Loch Ken is shown with the
alternative title of River Dee on the
Ordnance Survey maps. River Dee
itself starts from Loch Dee as Black Water of Dee. It runs through
Clatteringshaws Loch where in the 1930s a dam was placed on it to form
another reservoir for the
Galloway hydro-electric power scheme. From
Loch Ken the River Dee flows south past
Threave Castle (which is on an
island in the river) and into
Kirkcudbright Bay and thence into the
This water runs south eastward to
Moniaive close to which it meets the
conjoined waters of Craigdarroch and Castlefairn Waters and becomes
the River Cairn. The Cairn in turn is subsumed into the River Nith
just outside Dumfries.
Shinnel Water runs south eastward, through the village of Tynron. It
Scaur Water just west of Penpont. The
Scaur Water is
subsumed into the
River Nith some 3 kilometres south of Thornhill.
This water rises near Polskeoch close to the source of the Water of
Ken so that these two water systems taken together create a natural
route through the south east corner of these hills and the roads which
run up into these glens almost meet - there is a gap of some 2
kilometres with no road between Lorg on
Water of Ken
Water of Ken and Polskeoch on
the Polskeoch Burn (which feeds Scaur Water).
Scaur Water travels in a
generally south eastward direction to Penpont.
Euchan Water and the Kello Water
These waters rise within a kilometre of each other on the north east
side of Blacklorg Hill. They both run north-eastward, the Euchan
(pronounced Yochan) being subsumed into the
River Nith just south of
Sanquhar (close by the ruin of
Sanquhar Castle) and the Kello into it
at Kelloholm one kilometre east of Kirkconnel.
Looking south towards the
River Nith at the point where it is joined
by Afton Water just north of New Cumnock. The water entering from the
bottom left of the picture is the
River Nith and the water entering
from the right is Afton Water. The hill in the background is Corsencon
Hill (475 metres). Cumnock Castle stood on this site in the Middle
Afton Water rises south of the Afton Reservoir. It flows north through
the reservoir and then through
New Cumnock before being subsumed into
River Nith just north of
New Cumnock where Cumnock Castle once
stood. The Afton has been made famous by Robert Burns' song "Flow
Gently Sweet Afton" and the Burns connection adds an extra dimension
to the pride in their countryside of the local populace.
River Nith rises about a kilometre south west of Enoch Hill. It
flows northward under the B741 at Nith Lodge roughly halfway between
New Cumnock before swinging eastward. From New
Cumnock it forms the boundary between the Lowther hills and
Carsphairn/Scaur hills and the A76 travels down the valley created by
it (Nithsdale). Just north of Thornhill is
Drumlanrig Castle belonging
to the Duke of Buccleuch.
Water of Deugh
This water rises to the west of Afton Reservoir. It joins Carsphairn
Lane just west of
Carsphairn village and is subsumed into Water of Ken
north of Kendoon. As part of the
Galloway hydro-electric power scheme,
when rainfall is plentiful, water is diverted into
Loch Doon from the
Water of Deugh (pronounced Dyooch) via a tunnel system. When water is
required for power generation, water from
Loch Doon is then released
at Drumjohn to feed Kendoon power station.
Access to Scaur Hills
From the north
Looking east from Auchengibbert Hill with
Tynron Doon in the right
foreground with the valley of the
River Nith (Nithsdale) beyond. The
Penpont is in the near foreground with Thornhill in the
middle distance and Queensberry Hill by the left edge of the picture.
Wee Queensberry is the smaller hill to the right (south) of it).
Southern Upland Way
Southern Upland Way (SUW) heads south west over
gently rising moorland, before descending to
Scaur Water at Polgown
from whence it uses the minor road which follows
Scaur Water to
Polskeoch where there is a
Mountain Bothies Association bothy (OS Ref
NS685018). From there the SUW heads south to St John's Town of Dalry.
Coming in from the area of Mennock village, the route is again over
gently rising moorland called Fardingmulloch Moor and here there is a
good track to follow to just beyond the ruin of Fardingmulloch house.
Beyond that the route continues on an old track over by Druidhill Burn
Scaur Water and Penpont. No doubt this would have been an ancient
way through these hills since the route passes a fine earthwork by the
Druidhill Burn (OS Ref NS810014).
From the east
To the east of this ancient way from Mennock to
Penpont the hills drop
to a small glen which carries a minor road north from
Burnmouth on the River Nith. There are several places along this glen
offering access into the Scaur hills. Drumlanrig castle, its grounds,
and the many estate properties surrounding it lie on and around a low
north/south carefully forested ridge between this glen and the west
bank of the River Nith. There are several walking and cycling trails
in these wood and river bank environs. This is good agricultural land
and there are many minor roads through the low green hills serving the
farming community in this most easterly part of the Scaur hills.
From the south and south east
Scaur hills near Glenmanna and Glenwhargen from Woodend Hill.
In the south/south east, the valleys of Water of Ken, Dalwhat, Shinnel
and Scaur Waters have roads running deep into the central hill area
with active farming communities eating well into the hill area up
these glens. Between the glens there are a series of ridges which
gently increase in height towards the central area of the hills around
Blacklorg and Polskeoch. These ridges make for easy, pleasant, but
unspectacular walking except for the area near the head of Scaur Water
where there is considerable visual interest among the cluster of low
but shapely hills around Glenmanna, Glenwhargen Craig (482 metres) and
Cairnkinna Hill the highest hill in the eastern half of these hills at
Just over one kilometre east of the village of
(289 metres), the site of an Iron Age fort occupied from pre-Christian
times till the 16th century (OS Ref. NX819939).
At the western end of these hills, near Dalmellington, there is an
extensive area of forest called
Carsphairn Forest which does not make
for the most interesting walking territory. For the outdoor enthusiast
there is however, a 23 kilometre cycle route through this forest (with
some 250 metres of climbing). For the alternative live music
enthusiast there are "Twin Music Festivals" held bi-annually at
Knockengorroch (OS Ref NX555972) a "World Ceilidh" and a "Doonhame
Hairth". Buses are run directly to the festivals from Glasgow and
Edinburgh and the festivals take place 4 miles (6 km) into the
hills off the already remote A713. To the east of
Carsphairn Forest is
where the highest hills in this whole hill area lie.
Cairnsmore of Carsphairn
Looking east across the Glenkens to the group of hills around
Carsphairn - from Cairnsgarroch in the Rhinns of Kells"
Looking west across the Glenkens to the Rhinns of Kells and the Awful
Hand in the
Galloway Hills from Cairnsmore of Carsphairn."
At 797 metres Cairnsmore of
Carsphairn is the highest of these
Carsphairn hills. The most commonly used route onto this hill is to
park in the lay-by across the road from Green Well of
the Water of Deuch runs under the A713 (OS Ref NX557944), and from
there follow the twisting undulating ridge over Willieana (over 420
metres) Dunool (541 metres) and Black Shoulder (688 metres). This
leads to the col between Cairnsmore to the north west and Beninner
(710 metres) to the south east along the summit ridge. Both tops are
worth visiting for the views they offer. In general walkers tend to go
back the way they came but it is possible to return by the Benlock
Water of Ken
Water of Ken routes
From the final station of the cross on top of Dodd Hill looking north
east over the Holm Burn to Mid Rig with Ewe Hill on the right of the
Just where the B729 road crosses the
Water of Ken
Water of Ken (OS Ref NX633918) a
minor road heads north up the valley of the Water of Ken. There are
three useful places to park along this road to go into the Carsphairn
hills - Moorbrock house, Nether Holm of Dalquhairn and Lorg.
To get to Moorbrock house head north for some 2 kilometres off the
Water of Ken
Water of Ken minor road from Craigengillan. Park just south of
Moorbrock house (OS Ref NX629965). From here it is possible to go over
Moorbrock Hill (650 metres) and then south west to Cairnsmore of
Carsphairn and Beninner in an interesting day's walk, passing a
memorial to the crew of a crashed Spitfire (23 May 1942) in the hollow
before climbing Cairnsmore (OS Ref NX603993). Head east from Beninner
back to Moorbrock house.
From Moorbrock house it is also possible to go over Moorbrock Hill and
head north eastward to Windy Standard (698 metres) with its profusion
of 36 windmills dating from 1996. From there return by Mid Hill of
Glenhead (531 metres) and Dodd Hill (496 metres).
Parking on the
Water of Ken
Water of Ken minor road near Nether Holm of Dalquhairn
(OS Ref NX663994) climb Dodd Hill following the 14 Stations of the
Cross which run up Dodd Hill in the form of crosses - from beside the
house at Nether Holm of Dalquhairn. Make for Windy Standard and come
back by Alhang (642 metres) and Mid Rig. In the col between Alhang and
Alwhat (628 metres) is the source of Afton Water and from Alwhat there
are views down over Afton reservoir to the north with Cannock Hill
(594 metres) Craigbraneoch Rig and Blackcraig Hill (700 metres) to the
east of it.
Parking just south of Lorg (OS Ref NS667008) head over Lorg Hill,
Meikledodd Hill to Blacklorg Hill and Blackcraig Hill, descend over
Craigbraneoch Rig (576 metres) to the north end of Afton Reservoir and
return by the west shore of the reservoir, Alwhat and the Lorg Burn.
From Afton Water
The dam of Afton reservoir.
New Cumnock sits right at the foot of the lower slopes of Hare Hill
which lies to the south east of it. So it is possible to set off
directly from the town into the hillsHare Hill has a wind farm on top
of it which became operational in the year 2000 .
It is also possible to head south west from town up Connelburn Rig,
and Benty Cowan Hill (447 metres) to Enoch Hill (569 metres) where the
source of the
River Nith is to be found - on its south west shoulder.
To get into the heart of the hills more quickly you can drive south up
Glen Afton to the parking place just north of the reservoir. A good
circular route from here is to head north west onto Blackcraig Hill
then follow the undulating ridge southward over Blacklorg Hill (681
metres), and Meikledodd Hill, then south west for Alwhat and Alhang.
River Afton can then be followed down to the reservoir, or, Windy
Standard can be visited - though this involves some 150 metres descent
followed by a steep 200 metres climb to Windy Standard. Returning
north east from Windy Standard over Wedder Hill (597 metres) gives
good views over the reservoir to Craigbraneoch Rig and Blackcraig Hill
beyond it. The surface of Afton Reservoir sits at around the 400 metre
Kirkconnel and Sanquhar
Mining communities in general have a strongly egalitarian sense of
communal social identity and an equally strong loyalty to their local
environment. This is well illustrated by the fact that in 2010
Sanquhar celebrates the centenary of its riding of the marches, which
takes place over a 10-day period in August. The Euchan Water, the
Kello Water and the Crawick all run into the
River Nith in the
immediate area around
Kirkconnel and these waters are
much used by the local community for walking and for swimming in
during the summer.
There are three quite distinctive types of community surrounding this
hill area, taking these in clockwise order we have; the essentially
pastoral communities from Carron Bridge through Thornhill and Penpont
to Moniaive, the isolated moorland community around
Carsphairn and the
coal mining towns from
Dalmellington through New Cumnock, Kirkconnel
and Kelloholm to Sanquhar.
Carronbridge to Moniaive
Earthwork (near bottom of the picture on the right) by Druidhill Burn
Penpont with the Lowther hills in the distance from the east
shoulder of Cairnkinna.
View of the Renwick Monument
Moniaive with the Cairn Valley beyond
Inscription on the Renwick Monument
The economy of this area is very much dominated by the presence of the
Duke of Buccleuch's Drumlanrig Estate which controls much of the area
and is a major employer within the community. One of the great
highways of medieval times was the pilgrimage route from Edinburgh
Whithorn in Galloway, much of which is preserved to-day as a
hard-beaten track alongside or parallel to the present road. This
route came by
Durisdeer to Penpont, Tynron, Moniaive, and on to St
John's Town of Dalry)
Carronbridge is a small hamlet at the junction of the A76 and the A702
where the estate built its sawmill in 1850's.
Thornhill (population roughly 2600) was created a burgh of barony in
1664 (though its existence pre-dates that considerably) and in the
18th century it was developed as an estate village for Drumlanrig
Castle.The town was planned with a basic rectilinear design allowing
wide tree-lined streets.
Penpont is a small rural village with a population of roughly 400
people. It was the birthplace of Joseph Thomson, the geologist and
explorer after whom
Thomson's Gazelle is named. The sculptor Andy
Goldsworthy has lived in the village for many years and retains a
workshop there. Many of his works can be found in the surrounding
countryside. The birthplace of Kirkpatrick Macmillan, the inventor of
the bicycle is just over a kilometre south of
Penpont and between
Moniaive at Maxwelton House was the birthplace of Annie
Laurie made famous in the song of that name and the subject of the
1927 movie also of that name.
Moniaive is the last community on the A702 before a 12 miles
(19 km) drive over moorland to St John's Town Dalry in the
Glenkens or a 15 miles (24 km) one over mostly single track road
Carsphairn on the B729. So in many ways it feels like the terminus
of the lively
Nithsdale communities. Yet it is far from being an end
of the road village. Because it is in itself picturesque and in a
picturesque setting it has of recent years become something of a Mecca
for people who want to get away from city life. This could be said for
most of this part of
Moniaive has to be the epicentre
for the community of artists, crafts people and musicians (some of
international standing) to be found in the area carrying on a
tradition which goes back to James Paterson the landscape artist
and one of the Glasgow Boys who was likewise drawn here in 1884.
In the 17th century
Moniaive became the refuge for the Covenanters, a
group of Presbyterian nonconformists who rebelled at having the
Episcopalian form of religion forced on them by the last three Stuart
kings, Charles I, Charles II and
James II of England
James II of England (James VII of
Scotland). There is a monument off the Ayr Road to James Renwick, a
Covenanter leader born here who was executed in Edinburgh.
Carsphairn is the only village between
Dalmellington - 15
miles (24 km) from the former and 10 miles (16 km) from the
latter (over high moorland lightly populated road). It is a parish of
80 square miles (210 km2) with a population of less than 200 set
in a bowl between the Rhinns of Kells and the imposing mass of
Cairnsmore of Carsphairn. Farming was the main use of land here but
now a greater part is afforested with only a few farms left. There are
38 houses, a school, a church, a pub, a shop and post office in
Carsphairn village. The village also has its own Heritage Centre,
although opening hours are seasonal. Even though it sits on the A713
it is a remote, isolated and largely scattered community quite
different in character from the small but active towns and villages
River Nith or the Moniaive,
Dalmellington to Sanquhar
Memorials to the miners who died in the Knockshinnoch mining disaster
in 1950. The stone in the foreground tells of the sponsors of the
memorials. The nearer conical memorial indicates where the events took
place. The text on the third memorial says "To remember Knockshinnoch
1950. The peat valley ahead broke through into the pit killing 13
miners & trapping 116. Wearing oxygen masks the trapped miners
were rescued on the 3rd day."
Dalmellington is the last outpost
Ayrshire town before the A713
road climbs towards the Glenkens and ultimately Castle Douglas. In the
2001 census it had a population of 1407.
River Doon issues from the
northern end of
Loch Doon and passes close to the town, while the Loch
Doon itself receives waters from
Loch Enoch via Eglin Lane. River Doon
flows through Alloway where the
Robert Burns cottage is and the river
features strongly in his songs and poetry.
At one time the mills of
Dalmellington produced yarn for the carpet
making industry in
Kilmarnock and there were also about 40 weavers
working from home there. By the 20th century mining was the dominant
industry, though workers had to travel to outlying areas. Eight pits
producing around 124,000 tons a year were operating in the 1940s. With
the decline of the labour-intensive deep mining, the area is now
dependent on its replacement, opencast mining.
New Cumnock is mentioned in the Ragman Roll of 1296 and Cumnock Castle
comes into the story of the First War of Scottish Independence in the
William Wallace and Robert the Bruce both of whom were active
in the area. Wallace may even have been born close by. In 1509 it was
made a burgh of barony and in more recent times coal mining dominated
the economy. In 1950 13 miners lost their lives here in the
Knockshinnoch Disaster though 116 men were rescued.
Kirkconnel had been primarily a farming community until the 1890s when
a coal pit was opened at Fauldhead. Coal had always been mined in the
district before that, but never in large quantities. From then on coal
dominated the life of the little town. The coal industry moved away in
recent decades, and with it much of the population.
Kelloholm was created in 1921 as a model village to house miners and
expanded after the Second World War. Its main industry since the
collapse of deep mining is now meat-processing.
Sanquhar's economy had been connected with the wool trade and the
production of carpets before the coal mining industry came to dominate
it. A distinctive two-coloured pattern of knitting is still widely
known as '
Sanquhar knitting'. It was also the place where the
Covenanters signed the
Sanquhar Declaration renouncing their
allegiance to the King, an event commemorated by a monument in the
main street. The church of St. Brides contains a memorial to James
Crichton, 'The Admirable Crichton', a sixteenth-century polymath.
Sanquhar is notable also for its tiny post office (established in
1712), claimed to be the oldest working post office in the world.
How much obscure corners in these hills can mean to people who have
what seems like the most distant of connections with them was well
illustrated during Scotland's Year of Homecoming in 2009 when 38
descendants of the McCaw family marked the Homecoming Year by
gathering together from New Zealand, the USA, Mexico, Greece and
England at the remote deserted cottage of Cormilligan near Tynron.
They joined local people in celebrating the lives of their ancestors
William and Isabella McCaw who emigrated to Otago in New Zealand with
nine of their 10 surviving children in 1880.
There are several
Devil's Dykes in England and on the continent of
Europe. The Devil has various familiar names in Scots such as "the
deil", "auld nick" and "auld horny", and so in Scots "Devil's Dyke"
becomes "The Deil's Dyke". This name was given to a series of
earthworks that were thought to mark a frontier perhaps between
Strathclyde Britons and the
Galloway and running from Loch
Ryan to near Annan on the Solway and perhaps even from coast to coast
in association with the
Catrail in Roxburghshire. This notion was put
forward by the antiquarian Joseph Train (1779–1852) who had
picked up on folk belief concerning a Deil's Dyke. Eventually this
concept of a single
Deil's Dyke was discounted by antiquarian scholars
in favour of separate unrelated earthworks which had been strung
together in Train's imagination. However a section of the dyke running
New Cumnock to Burnmouth in the Parish of
Durisdeer has continued
to interest them.
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