The Merrick is the highest mountain in the Galloway Hills and is a Corbett – over 2500 feet.
In fact, it is the highest mountain in South West Scotland. Towards the north, the closest higher mountain is Ben Lomond in the southern Highlands while, to the south, it is Blencathra in the Lake District!
It can be climbed relatively easily from Glen Trool in about two – three hours- see The Merrick for route!
Unlike many Corbetts, there is an excellent footpath all the way to the summit.
The views from the top are excellent providing of course the weather is clear.
Bruce`s Stone on the shores of Loch Trool near the car park at the start of the walk is worth checking out and offers great views over the loch.
There is an excellent Forestry Commission Visitor Centre a few miles before the start of the climb where coffees and snacks are available. The Visitor Centre was recently completely refurbished for 2103 and catering is provided by Galloway Foods. The centre has a lovely picnic area beside a waterfall and bridge.
House o` Hill Hotel in Bargrennan is handily placed for a drink or meal after your climb.