Any description of the Southern Uplands eminence of Merrick can’t omit the theatrical glee inherent in this area. The highest finger of ‘The Awful Hand’, Merrick dominates this eloquently christened part of Scotland’s Southern Uplands in a unique, very wild range of mountains. Aesthetically the peak is a fine piece of rockwork, with a sharp north ridge fittingly labelled ‘Little Spear’. Nearby is the Murder Hole, a deep lake said to never freeze, and the whole place is an expanse of isolated trails and remote bothies. Deeply underrated.
Best route: from Loch Trool (NX415804), then returning via Loch Enoch.