The 2,152 ft Millfore is situated in a
remote area in the Galloway Forest Park, next
to the A712 road that runs between the towns
of New Galloway and Newton Stewart, southwest
Scotland, in the county of Dumfries &
Galloway, about 40 miles southeast of Ayr.
This road is known as The Queen's Way.
The Queen's Way has a number of
interesting attractions such as:
Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre with a Bruce's
Stone marking a battle site, large dam,
forest road with the otter pools, deer park,
goat park, platform out over a glen, many
biking trails, and many walking and hiking
The image below is of the Murray Monument
situated about 5 miles west of the Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre on
the A712 Queen's Way road. The car park for
the monument, and the hike to Millfore, is
just to the right in this image. These images
were taken in November 2012.
Murray’s Monument was erected in
1835 in memory of Alexander Murray, a local
shepherd boy who later became Professor of
Oriental Languages at Edinburgh University.
The monument is situated on a 597 ft hill, a
steeper hike than it looks. More
Google Road Map
The image below is from the bridge at the
Murray's Monument car park, looking to the
882 ft Craigdews hill. The green and red
posts mark the trail from here following the
high goat fence up the side of Craigdews,
which is a goat park. There are waterfalls
next to the car park named the Grey Mares
Tail. You can also view the waterfalls from
this route over Craigdews.
Just before the goat fence reaches the
trees, high left in the image below, the
trail to the Black Loch and Millfore leads
off left down to a burn.
The image below is of the trail from about
half way up Craigdews hill showing Millfore
in the distance. The trail leads down here
for a few hundred yards to a burn, then
follows the burn for about 100 yards to the
Old Edinburgh Road, that is now a forest
road. I decided to visit the summit of
Craigdews on the road back.
Just before you reach the Old Edinburgh
forest road, you pass through stone sheep
pens with faces cut into some of the stones.
Seems these are quite modern art works, part
of an outdoor art venture.
The image below is from about 2 hundred
yards east along the Old Edinburgh forest
road from the stone faces, looking over the
The Conical Art Construction was built by
Colin Rose in 1997, named the Eye.
The road to the right here leads back
round to the Queen's Way main road. The road
to the left past the Eye leads to Millfore,
about 2 miles from here. This road also leads
past Millfore and runs about 5 miles east to
Clatteringshaws dam and visitor centre.
The image below is after walking almost
two miles up the winding forest road. There
is only one forest road that leads off to the
west on the road up to here from the loch, so
you cannot get lost? An OS Map should be
taken just incase.
You pass a few mountain bike markers on
this road, as it is one of the trails that
runs between the three visitor centre's in
the Golloway Forest Park, Clatteringshaws,
Glentrool and Kirroughtree.
The image below is of the the route onto
the southeast ridge of Millfore. It was a
long, stiff hike up the forest road to here,
so was glad to see there were no trees, as
the OS Map indicated.
There is a quad bike track through the
deep stuff here that leads up onto the first
The image below is from the first ridge
showing this is a fairly long hike. I headed
from here to the small cairn on the rocky
mound, just right of the main hill.
There is a quad bike track across the low
part down there.
The image below is from the small cairn on
the rocky mound showing there was still a
long way to go. I headed from here towards
the cliffs, following the highest ground
sweeping round to the left.
The image below is of the route up past
the cliffs. I watched a kestrel here for a
few minutes, then saw a fox making its way
down across the steepest part of the
There is a faint trail that runs up close
to the cliffs here, or quad bike tacks that
run over to the right and up.
The image below is from the top of the
cliffs, showing it is still a fair hike still
to go. There are quad bike tracks that head
up a gully to the left here onto the west
side of the summit. The quad tracks did not
look a good way up, but looked a fast way
I intended to go straight up here, but on
the crossing, noticed a faint track leading
over to the cliffs on the right. Those faint
tracks took me right under the cliffs, then
onto a faint trail up the east side.
The image below is of the east cairn on
Millfore summit with the trig point just
beyond. There is another cairn just past the
trig point as well. When I hit this point,
the views north were instant and impressive,
as it is a narrow hill south to north.
The image below is from the trig point on
Millfore looking north to the snow topped
Merrick at Glentrool, highest hill in
southern Scotland at 2,766 ft. Round to the
right in this image, the 2,671 ft Corserine
on the Rhinns of Kells range had a fair
amount more snow on it.
The image below is looking northwest to
Curleywee and Lamachan hills, also at
Glentrool. You can hike across to Curleywee,
across the rocky ridge to Lamachan, then down
over Mulldonoch to the car park at Bruce's
Stone next to Loch Trool. You would have to
get dropped off at Murray's Monument and get
picked up at Loch Trool for that though.
The click on map link at the bottom of
this page leads to a photo tour of the
The image below is looking back down the
southeast ridge. I decided to head down off
the west side of the summit, then follow the
quad trail down the gully, past the cliffs,
and down to the forest road.
You get good views from here of the hills
across the valley, the 1,975 Craignelder and
2,332 ft Cairnsmore of Fleet. The rocky
Craignelder can be hiked from the same car
park at Murray's Monument. Beyond those
hills, you can see the end of Scotland.
The image below is from the first ridge
looking towards the forest road with the quad
tracks leading through the deep stuff. Right
here leads back to the car park, left leads
to the Clatteringshaws dam and Visitor
The first hill across the valley is
Craignelder, and behind that, Cairnsmore of
The image below is from the goat park
looking at the summit of the 882 ft Craigdews
hill. The trail back to the car park runs
about half way up this hill, so had to visit
the top when crossing back over here.
From the trail, you have to follow the
high goat fence up to where it meets the
forest. You have to go through the forest for
about 30 feet, then hop over a lower fence to
get into the goat park. I headed for a peak
that looked like the top, only to find there
was still a fair hike to go from there, as
The image below is from the top of
Craigdews looking west to the car park at
Murray's Monument. The cliffs here are a few
hundred feet giving cracking views. The view
north from here gives great views of
The image below is also from the top of
Craigdews showing the car park and Murray's
The Map below shows the attractions along
the A712 that is also known as The Queens
Way. The map also shows the hiking routes
onto the hills. Green and brown dots are
rough sections, green and yellow fairly good
trails. The photo tour above followed the
first trail up past the Black Loch.
Map . Change Newton Stewart to your town
or postcode to get driving directions.
Make sure and take an Ordnance Survey Map
and Compass on these hikes, and know how to
use them, as in cloud, these mountains can be
deadly. In Winter, make sure you have
Crampons and an Ice Axe, and know how to use
Hill Walking OS
Guide Map . Large Click on Hiking
Map of this Area .
The hike up Millfore seemed fairly tough
taking about 5 hours out and back, also
taking in Craigdews on the return. There were
a few up and downs on the route, adding to
what is a fairly long trek anyway. The remote
location of this hill, means it is one of the
least climbed in the area. The views from the
top are hard to beat.
The car park at the monument is about 300
ft above sea level. Some car parks can be up
to 1,000 ft above sea level, so it is always
interesting to check the car park height to
see the actual height to be hiked.