Duncow Mill East

Walking Route

Duncow Mill East


This walk is suitable for families and offer spectacular views across the Nith Valley to the Solway and beyond.

It mainly follows quiet double or single track public roads. There are long gentle ascents and descents, but the walk is not difficult or challenging. Please be aware of farm traffic and take care on blind corners. Keep all dogs on leads because of farm animals and ground-nesting birds. Newlands Estate has a herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle. Be aware that newly calved cows and bulls can be dangerous and avoid walking in fields where they are present. Newly lambed ewes are also present from March to May and should not be approached for fear of miss-mothering.

There are many points of historical interest and plenty of opportunities to see farm animals and wildlife and a variety of native plants as the seasons change. There are bird boxes in trees along the routes, and if you are lucky, you may spot red squirrels and red kites. This part of Dumfriesshire has a continuous history which runs from the Bronze Age to the present day. Hut circles on the Moors, Iron Age Hillforts and Roman sites can all be found in Kirkmahoe.

3.5mi / 5.5km
Total climb:
394ft / 120m
Total descent:
328ft / 100m
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What you'll see

Duncow School

This primary school dates from 1878.

Castlehill, Duncow

Low Level Walks

Iron Age fort at Castlehill.

Auchenrath Farm, Duncow

Farm on the Duncow East walking route, close to points with panoramic views of the Solway and Cumbria.


Carrickrigg is the point on the Duncow East walk which takes visitor past Sunnybrae. Artists and husband and wife, Cyril Wilson and Jane Fyfe, converted…

Duncow Mill

Low Level Walks

For many years, this was the main industrial site for the area, being not only a water driven grain mill, but later also a cotton…