The steep climb up to Murray’s Monument is well worth the effort, offering amazing views of Galloway and beyond.
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.
Standing in a prominent position on the hillside, you can enjoy commanding views of the valley and the northern slopes of Cairnsmore of Fleet. To the east of Craigdews are the remains of Dunkitterick Cottage, Murray's birthplace.
From the monument, follow the trail through the forest to the old Edinburgh Road, once used by pilgrims on their way to Whithorn. After crossing the Grey Mare's Tail burn, follow the path downhill, through old sheep pens where eerie faces await you. These unusual carvings, set into stone walls of the pens are part of the Galloway Forest Park arts programme.
Continue the path down craggy, heather-clad slopes to the car park where you can enjoy magnificent views of the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall as it cascades over the jaggy rocks before meeting the Palnure Burn.