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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

A landscape walk in Galloway

Tuesday the 23rd of October 2012
It's a lovely day today so I'm heading out on a circular walk from my house in Newton Stewart. It looks perfect for taking landscape pictures.
I begin by crossing the fields above Douglas Ewart High School and Old Hall Farm.
My first picture is a zoom across to the golf course. The 'Doocot' built 1719 is the structure to the left.

To the right of the radio/satellite mast is Monigaff Church. The woods beyond encompass Cumloden and towering above to the right are Millfore, Red Gairy and Drigmorn.

A panorama from the slopes of Curleywee to the left to the slopes of Cairnsmore to the right.

A contented cow.

A shheepish view over to Blackcraig.

McMillan Hall and the meandering Cree. A closer look will pick out a spire of Machermore Castle. 

A zoom in on Craignelder.

Back to the golf course.

Blue Faced Leicester sheep with Millfore behind again.

A pylon view of Drigmorn and Millfore

After descending to the river via Duncree I take time out on the river.
This heron waited patiently.

After crossing the Penkiln Burn I head out past Cumloden.
It's October, but there's late colour. Most foxgloves have long gone, but here's some hanging on.

The Autumn sun brings out the colours in the woods opposite New Galloway Lodge.

A couple of years ago I saw an alien on this drystane wall. Looks like a hawk this time.

The view over to Glenshalloch.

Another view of the Minnigaff Hills.

There's a wary deer at Glenhoise.

Colourful trees towards Glenshalloch.

I never did find Murdoch's cave. It's in here to the right somewhere.

Who needs an extra zoom lens when the one on the camera can get this close. Auchinleck House is two miles away.

Risk Farm. Just beyond (not in the picture) are the ruins of Old Risk Castle associated with Murdoch of Cumloden and the legend of the two ravens with one arrow in Robert the Bruce's time.

Still looking towards Glenshalloch only from a little further east.

Having reached the most northerly point of my walk at Risk, the road begins to turn south-east and I see the bulk of Cairnsmore of Fleet. Fresh silage bales add to the scene.

Now inaccessible because of the undergrowth the Old Edinburgh Road is plainly outlined.

More bales and Barncaughla.
Barncaughla Farm was the birthplace in 1669 of John McMillan,a well known member of the cloth during the days of the Covenanters.

As the day clouded over I made my way back along the New Galloway Road and back into town via Kirroughtree house. There was little else to photograph.
Some interesting cattle, someone's been having fun with a rubber glove and a wonderful rose to finish.
Living here in Newton Stewart, we have some wonderful scenery on our doorstep. That was a lovely walk.


  1. A lovely walk it was,(nice rose);)
    the autumn colours are mind boggling! The 'sheepish view' over to Blackcraig had a special something and the 'pylon view' was electric.
    As well as the plastic wrap silage,
    is silage also made in ground pits over there?
    Have a great week Jim!

  2. You had better weather yesterday in the South West than we had in the central belt. What a set of stunning pictures. Sheepish views were wonderful.

  3. Nice to see your local area Jim.Looks very varied.Love the balloon Glove.

  4. Thanks Rose, ditto to the great week. Yes we still have silage pits covered in tarps and tyres, but not like there used to be.

    It's a change to get this lovely weather Gordon, long may it last.

    Thanks Bob, just heading over to your pages.

  5. Looks like the south west of Scotland is awash with colour at the moment.

  6. Interesting about the silage pits, that's the only way we did it back in Tas. It was a fine art to first get it cut at 'just' the right time, weather permitting of course, then rolled in and covered with tarps and tyres. In Tas this way was only one third of the cost of wraps.
    Thanks Jim! cheers.

  7. oh my gosh! the colors! so very very beautiful. thank you for sharing your Autumn with us!

  8. your views are beautiful! the "late" colors just glorious!!
    what a lovely walk!

  9. Beautiful pictures. Gorgeous scenery. Loved the sheepish pictures and the deer. It must be wonderful to have all of this at your doorstep.

  10. Gordon, I was quite chuffed with the Blue Faced Leicester and hills picture, as I was looking I thought the landscape looked like an oil painting.

    Bob,the balloon reminded me of the guy that used to blow up hot water bottles. Maybe it was him and age is catching up with him.

    Re the silage pits Rose, over in Ireland there seems to be quite a number of custom made roofed concrete silage pits springing up. Maybe that's the future.

    It looks just as colourful over your end Sandy.
    Have a look at Mr Gill's Blog folks, he's surrounded by wonderful scenery.

    Tammie and AnnMarie are from Montana and Pennsylvania respectively.Two beautiful and diverse U.S. States.I'm always heartened by your visits.

    Welcome to Susie from St Louis. I see you like old movies, here's lookin' at you kid.


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