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  The Ring of Fire                                            Galloway Scotland

Millfore trig point at 656m, in The Rhinns of Kells
© Copyright Walter Baxter and licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons Licence.

The Ring of Fire, previously known as the Gallo Way, is a 24 hour peak-bagging round of approximately 45 miles and some 13,000' of ascent.  It starts from the Bruce's Stone, Glen Trool in the Galloway Hills the finest wilderness area in Southern Scotland.   The evocative sounding ranges of the Rhinns of Kells, the Range of The Awful Hand and the Minnigaff Hills are traversed taking in a total of 30 summits, 21 of which are Donalds (hills over 2000' generally with a 30m/98' descent).  Much of the terrain is trackless, remote and exceptionally arduous making access difficult for both support parties and rescue services!  Local hill walker Andy Priestman came up with the idea for the route but it was Glyn Jones a local crofter and former orienteer who first completed it prompted by the onset of his fortieth birthday and imminent demise!  This was a leisurely solo, unsupported outing of some 22 hours in 1990 but he later went on to reduce that time to a more serious 14-44 during April 1996. While most runners will simply assume the title of the challenge is a metaphor for the epic ordeal which it surely is, The Ring of Fire does, in fact, refer to the geology of the area and to the metamorphic aureole which surrounds its granite core!   


Between 1992 and 2006 a low-key organised race took place called Bruce's Crown. This was a reduced round of some 42 miles based on the Gallo Way, which together with the 25 mile Heart of Granite, made up the Rings of Fire.


Glyn has compiled a route sheet for The Ring of Fire which includes a schedule of summits and some background history on both the Ring of Fire (Gallo Way) challenge and the related organised races - see below.

Route

The route starts and finishes at Bruce's Stone, Glen Trool GR 416 803.  The ideal map would have been the Harvey Superwalker waterproof map (1:25000): Galloway Hills but unfortunately summits 19 and 20 are concealed by an information panel!  The OS alternatives are Explorer Maps (1:25000): 318/319 Galloway Forest Park North/South. Note that the Caldons forestry commission campsite in Glen Trool is now closed. 


Bothies for emergency use are located at: White Laggan (GR 467 775), Backhill of Bush (GR 481 843),Tunkskeen (GR 425 906) and Culsharg (GR416 821). Note the latter is now a ruin but will still give some shelter.

Schedule

No schedule is currently available.  If anyone repeats this route they are invited to submit a schedule of actual times for the guidance of future runners. Email: gofar99@gmail.com



Finishers

This is an informal route 24 hour round without registrations.  Why not share your experience on facebook to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!   
 

Links and Further Information

SAFETY WARNING

 

All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.

HAVE A GO!

The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain challenges which have been developed over the past three or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go, subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.

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RECORDS and NEWS

 

Please send details of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association. Email:  martin.stone@sportident.co.uk

Please also refer to the guidelines and definitions in the FRA Handbook.

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HELP WANTED

If you can improve on the accuracy of this resource, offer details of other routes (old and new), spot any errors in grid references, names, heights, spelling or punctuation, or find a link which does not work please email Tony Wimbush: gofar99@gmail.com