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Sunday, 29 August 2010

The Wigtownshire Ramblers-Isle of Whithorn to Garlieston August 2010

It's Saturday the 28th 0f August and we're meeting at Garlieston to catch the bus to the Isle of Whithorn for todays walk.
The bus driver looked in shock as he turned the corner to the bus stop and saw such a large group with rucksacks awaiting to board his bus.A nice light moment for the start of todays walk.
Having been asked again to do the press release for this walk,I'll use it throughout this blog.

Early showers greeted the twenty two ramblers who alighted from the bus at the Isle of Whithorn for the start of the walk.

They began by making their way to the shore via the inlet known as "Stinking Port" .
Now heading north along the rocky coastline they passed the large outcrop known as "The Clept" with it's natural haven, once used as a harbour for fishing boats.
I explored the caves and shore around the Clept earlier this summer,but I seem to have lost the pictures I took on that occasion.Another senior moment?!

Next they reached the trig point at Stein Head,possibly the second most southerly on Scotlands mainland,the most southerly being on Inshanks Fell in the South Rhins.

I was down this way earlier in the week when there were a few fishing boats about...there's none out today.

Now the view over Wigtown Bay opened up with the Galloway Hills prominent.

A field of cows with a large lazy bull was safely negotiated bringing the walkers to their first drystane dyke stile.

After a further two dykes and many wave lashed rocky inlets they reached the plantation at Cairnhead.

Just above an outcrop called Doctor's Rock many of the walkers divested themselves of the waterproofs which had been in regular use since the walk start.It looks like it's clearing up.

Here they saw a few remains of what was the military camp built as a part of the ww2 project,the "Mulberry Harbour". Reaching Cairnhead Bay the remains of a concrete "Beetle" was prominent in the low tide.

Reaching Portyerrock Bay a break was taken for refreshments. Light-hearted banter was passed between some folk who'd been collecting whelks and mussels.

Next they made their way through the first of the many modern "Kissing Gates" on the walk,and onto the Isle of Whithorn to Garlieston road.
Reaching Portyerrock they again made their way to the coastline passing the converted Portyerrock Mill.

At Millers Port,seagulls and swans filled the bay.

From Millers Port they continued on the coastal path, passing fields of harvested barley and maize swaying freely in the wind.Sloe berries and brambles were abundant in their fruition.
In another field,a friendly Clydesdale had a belted galloway bullock and a cow for company.

Thanks for the above pictures Scoop.Not so many close-ups though,and get my right side.! Who am I kiddin..I take better pictures than I'm taken.

Reaching White Bay the layout of two Iron Age promontory forts were evident, being surrounded by artificial banks and ditches.

This is us coming up to Port Allen.An abundance of seagulls was another feature of todays walk.

Two more remnants of WW2 in the shape of ruined lookout posts were investigated.

Another point of interest was a large cave under Palmallet Point.

Scaffolding covered the remains of Cruggleton Castle.The access to the site was closed off due to ongoing repairs.A lunch break was taken on a nearby grassy bank overlooking the sea.The showers had dried up and the sun made an appearance.

This is looking back to Sliddery Point.I think I've mentioned it before,but the recently renovated Cruggleton Lodge is some spot for holidaymakers.

Next they left the coast and headed inland to Cruggleton Church.

There's a farm and spread north of Creetown called Glenquicken.The farmer's now diversified into wind turbines.That's one of his above.More info at Glenquicken-eng.Com

The church is of Norman origin, having been established in the early twelfth century by Fergus,the first Lord of Galloway.

With the walk leader having borrowed the key,the group were allowed the priviledge of looking inside this historic building.A regular walker was delighted when the group burst into song wishing him a happy birthday.

The group now numbered twenty three having been joined by a fellow rambler for the remainder of the walk.

They now rejoined the Isle of Whithorn to Garlieston road heading north.Reaching the restored 18th century High Lodge Cottage they again took to the fields.A Victorian wrought iron gate brought them to the ruined Snowdrop Cottage,and the grounds of Galloway House.

Next they made their way through the mixed woodland back to the shoreline at Rigg Bay,and the short delightful walk back into Garlieston.
A good walk was concluded by some of the group paying a visit to the Garlieston Flower, Vegetable and Craft Show.

A lovely day in excellent company.


  1. That looks like a grand day out. They do say when cows (and I'm assuming the same applies to bulls) lie down it's not a good sign for the weather. But the way the weather's been in this corner of Scotland for the last week they'll have been standing up and lying down constantly - I suspect that the bull in your picture has given up on weather prediction and is just having a rest.

  2. Hi ramblers - really glad you enjoyed your walk along the coast. Perhaps you'd like to come back in 2014, when, if the Scottish Government, the Crown Estate and Dong Energy have their way, the panorama of Wigtown Bay that you enjoyed from Cruggleton will be filled with some 90 100metre-high wind turbines in what is one of the least windy parts of Scotland! The whole of Wigtown Bay will be affected by this, and it would not surprise us in the least if, because of that news, you decide, along with hundreds, nay thousands, of other visitors not to come back here. We're not against windfarming per se, but to b***er up an area of oustanding natural beauty like this will have a devastating effect on our already very fragile tourism industry. The whole thing beggars belief. With the closest turbines likely to be some two miles from shore, and as yet there are the unknown effects on human health from noise, which is causing considerable concern already around the Great Lakes of Canada.
    Take a look at Keep Wigtown Bay Natural ( to get the gory detail and maybe you will understand why we are all extremely upset at what is really just an extrememly expensive (to us electricity consumers)political and commercial farce. Renewables yes - but at what real price to us and the future? Best of all spread the word amongst your colleagues who enjoy and cherish the unspoilt environment that we have here in SW Scotland.


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