Kirkcudbrightshire is a south-western Scottish county. Within its borders are the smaller islands of Little Ross and Hestan. Both are used for lighthouses. The north-western section of the county proves to be desolate, wild, and rocky. Here, the main mountains are the Merrick at 2,764 feet that is the tallest in Scotland's south, as well as the Rinns of Kells. Its principal peaks are Millfire at 2,350 feet, Meikle Millyea at 2,446 feet, Carlins Cairn at 2,650 feet, and Corscrine at 2,668 feet above sea level. Other lofty peaks rise in the South-west of the county. Lamachan reaches 2,349 feet, Larg achieves 2,216 feet, and Cairnsmore of Fleet rises to 2,331 feet. The North sees the glorious hill of Cairnsmuir of Carsphairm that makes 2,612 feet, as well as the Windy Standard at 2,287 feet.
In the south, Kirkcudbrightshire proves to be generally level or gently rolling. It is known for its beautiful scenery. Here, the shores are rocky and brazen, indented as they are by a great number of estuaries that create natural harbours. Because the sea is so shallow in these lochs, they are not much utilized for shipping. The Solway shows off big reaches of sand at low tide. This fast moving tide has commonly caused people to be killed.
There are countless waters and burns in this county. Longer rivers in Kirkcudbrightshire are the River Cree that empties into the sea after thirty miles, the River Dee that is black coloured by the peat it contains for almost thirty-six miles, the River Urr that forms from Loch Urr then reaches the sea after twenty-seven miles, the River Ken that joins into the River Dee at the south part of Loch Ken following twenty-four miles of beautiful scenery, and the River Deugh that twists and winds amazingly along for twenty miles.
There are numerous lochs in the county. Loch Ken at six miles long and two miles wide is the only one of any size. Only one glen is spoken of in the county, that of Glen Trool, famous for its romantic scenery and connection with Robert Bruce.