Murray’s Monument, Galloway Forest Park hike

Samuel Biddlecombe
Feb 28 · 3 min read

Living in the centre of London I thought of no better way to spend the Christmas period than in beautiful Scotland.

Scotland for me is the most beautiful country in the world, and I have picked out one of my short hikes in the Galloway Forest Park to share with you.

​The striking 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.

Around Murray’s Monument is a fantastic 90-minute hike that is the perfect way to dust off the cobwebs, stretch your legs and take in the stunning views.

​Parking off the A712 the route initially takes you on a gradual incline with the view of Murray’s Monument constantly getting better and better as you climb higher. The Well Burn of Talnotry will trickle down alongside you as you make your way up the trail.

Reaching the T-junction at the top of the trail turn right and walk towards the Loch where you can do a nice little loop before heading back on the trail.

Heading back and turning left at the next red post you will join the Grey Mare’s Trail, which for me is the best part of the hike. Rivers, fallen stone walls, muddy tracks, and great views lead you to the highlight of the trail!

Heading back and turning left at the next red post you will join the Grey Mare’s Trail, which for me is the best part of the hike. Rivers, fallen stone walls, muddy tracks, and great views lead you to the highlight of the trail!

Waterfalls

​What was great about this trail was that on December 31st we were the only people hiking the trail so by the time we reached the waterfalls they were solely there for us to enjoy. I can only imagine that on a warm August day these would be busy with people and dogs looking to cool off in the plunge pools.

Now for the leg burner! The final hike up to Murray’s Monument, where you can take in the views, have a bite to eat, and look back on what was a fantastic short hike in the Scottish forests.

After the hike, I strongly suggest driving a few minutes down the road to see the Scottish Deer and the Wild Goats for that perfect photo opportunity.

Find out more about Gallow Forest hiking via the link below or download the Galloway Forest trail guide. https://forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/forest-parks/galloway-forest-park/walking

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