Ness Glen Walk
Loch Doon is situated about 3 miles east
of the town of Dalmellington, 18 miles east
The car park, as seen below, is just over
1 mile east of Dalmellington next to the road
signed A713 to Castle Douglas & Dumfries.
From here, it is about two miles to Loch Doon
Dam, where the Ness Glen walk begins.
The road winds its way steadily uphill for
about 1 mile. Where it levels out, you get a
good view of the Wooden Fort and Observatory
in Craigengillan Estate, on the right hand
The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory was
built by Craigengillan Estate. The estate
also offers Pony Trekking, River Fishing,
Mountain Biking, Canoeing on the River Doon,
and Holiday Cottages.
www.craigengillan.com . www.scottishdarkskyobservatory.co.uk
. Phone: 01292 551 118. Map .
The Ness Glen trail leads from Loch Doon
Dam to down below the Fort and Observatory.
If you take the high path back up Ness Glen,
you can visit the Observatory to view images
and obtain information on night
The image below is of the Roundhouse Cafe
at Loch Doon Dam. That is Glessel Hill above
the cafe, a popular hike here as well.
The green sign on the right at the dam is
the start of the Ness Glen Walk.
The image below is the start of the Ness
Glen Walk. It is a little over 100 yards from
here to the bottom of the dam.
The image below is from the bottom of the
dam. There are two routes for the walk from
here. One route follows the River Doon down
to the bottom of the glen. The other route
goes up over the top of the glen. Both routes
meet at the foot of the glen by two
The image below is of the bottom of Loch
Doon Dam where the water is released for the
start of the River Doon.
The image below is from walking down the
riverside path. This path is well maintained
by volunteers that have added little bridges
here and there, and seating areas. The sides
of this gorge in places are a couple of
hundred feet high. When you look down from
the high path, you cannot believe there is a
path down here.
The image below is of the Ness Glen
footbridge and the lower Craigengillan road
bridge further on. The sign for the start of
the Ness Glen Walk from the lower end is just
beyond the footbridge.
The image below is of the sign at the
lower side of the Ness Glen Walk. The path
back up over the top of the glen goes up to
the right at the footbridge.
At the top of the hill, you will see a
path lead off to the right. That path leads
past the Wooden Fort to the Scottish Dark Sky
Observatory. Many walkers call in to the
Observatory to view images and find out how
to visit at night to view the stars.
The image below is of the Scottish Dark
Sky Observatory. You can call in to view
images and some large scopes. This image was
taken from the hill path back to the dam via
. Phone: 01292 551 118. Map .
The image below is of Craigengillan Fort.
The route back round to Ness Glen is to the
left past the Fort.
The image below is from the high path back
up Ness Glen. This high path is also well
maintained with walkways where there are wet
areas, and a number of seating areas. This
must be one of the best maintained paths in
Scotland, and one of the most impressive.
You can just see Loch Doon and the dam
through the trees in this image.
The image below is from passing Loch Doon
Dam on the road back to the cafe.
The image below is from the walk heading
back up to the Roundhouse Cafe. The walk was
about 1 mile down to the bottom of the glen,
so takes under an hour if you go straight
round without stopping.
The map below shows the Ness Glen walking
route and the hiking route onto Glessel Hill,
and to the other hills.
The route to Glessel Hill, over to the
Observatory, then back up Ness Glen is also
popular taking under 2 hours. The other hills
can extend the walk to about half a day.
Glessel Hill Photo
For information on other hills/mountains
and attractions around Loch Doon, visit the
Loch Doon Page.