Duncow Mill West

Walking Route

Duncow Mill West


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:
394ft / 120m
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What you'll see

Duncow School

This primary school dates from 1878.


At the side of the gable at the end of the building at Sunnybrae, you will see a sculpture, “Child of Day in the Womb…


Carrickrigg is the house close to the site of the Glencarrick Distillery, a folly and a waterfall.

Newlands House

Newlands House was bought in 1891 by Walter Duncan, a Glasgow tea merchant, extensions including the addition of a castellated lookout tower to the red…

Quarrelwood House

Quarrelwood House was built around 1798 as a Cameronian manse, with an attached octagonal chapel.

Burial Cairn, Duncow

A 1-metre-high burial mound/cairn which would originally been up to 4m high but has been destroyed by Victorian treasure hunters.