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Mennock Upper Nithsdale including Mennock has a wealth of natural beauty, part of which is the majestic grandeur of the Lowther Hills, with summits of 2,400 feet from which the greater part of the southern counties of Scotland can be seen. The valleys of Nith and Annan, the sources of Tweed and Clyde, lie underfoot and, to the west, the hills of Galloway stretch into the far distance. This extensive panoramic view includes the Firth of Clyde, Goatfell, and the mighty Ben Lomond, "an unrivaled scene of magnificent beauty".
The Mennock Pass begins its descent from Wanlockhead and follows the flow of the Mennock Burn, where visitors can often be seen panning for gold. The heather-clad hills on either side contain an air of mystery. Tales of past times abound - the Covenanters' Pulpit and Watchman's Knowe near the top of Beir Burn are testimony to the Covenanters who worshipped and farmed here. On the floor of the pass - 'The Holmes of Mennock' where the valley broadens - an earthwork cross marks the site of an ancient chapel. Indeed, it is believed locally that the name Mennock is derived from Monks' Walk. Many visitors stop to picnic in 'The Holmes of Mennock', a natural beauty spot.