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
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 routes.
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
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
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
The image below is from about 2 hundred yards
east along the Old Edinburgh forest road from the
stone faces, looking over the Black Loch.
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
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
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 ridge.
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
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
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 cliffs.
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 back down.
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
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
The click on map link at the bottom of this page
leads to a photo tour of the Lamachan Range.
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
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
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 Centre.
The first hill across the valley is Craignelder,
and behind that, Cairnsmore of Fleet.
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
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 seen below.
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 Millfore.
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.
Google Road 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 them.
Hill Walking OS Guide
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.