Category Archives: Dumfries & Galloway

High Craigeazle: a trio of memorials

6.90 miles 3h 54m ascent 305m (1000 feet) Brockloch Bridge-High Craigeazle-Dunkitterick Cottage “I was born on Sunday, the 22d of October 1775, (I ascertained these points in 1805,— I did not exactly know my age in 1794) and baptized a … Continue reading

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Maxwell’s Otter, Myrton Loch and the Quarrel Megaliths

8.03 miles 3h 35m ascent 161m St Medan-Monreith-Myrton-Drumtroddan Stones (return) A bronze otter stands on the lichen covered rocks of Craigengour. His head is turned to look over the Lag promontory towards the Isle of Man, on the horizon. A … Continue reading

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Conquering Cruggleton Castle

5.98 miles 3h 47m ascent 110 Garlieston-Cruggleton return, and Torhouse Circle Garlieston Harbour is the closest port in Scotland to the Isle of Man. A sign warns that this is a working harbour and I can understand why such a … Continue reading

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Balloch Woods

3.11 miles 1h 57m ascent 94m Pond Trail-Larch Trail-Burnside Trail “Corse o’ Slakes, Cross of Rocky Hills – Slakes in Saxon meaning rocky hills or rocky brows. In Galloway there are no roads so wild as the one which leads … Continue reading

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Forrest IV: flight of the dachshund

10.23 miles 5h 36m ascent 430m Burnhead Bridge-Birger Natvig Road-Robert Watson Road-Torrs Hill-Mykola Lysenko Road-Anette Olsen Road-Caroline Currie Road (I think)-Birger Natvig Road-Burnhead Bridge This, the longest of our Forrest jaunts, was without doubt the most trying, though not due … Continue reading

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Forrest’s Dungeon and Forlow’s Monument

8.28 miles 3h 52m ascent 310m Forrest-Loch Dungeon-Forlow Monument-Haggis Hawse-Loch Minnoch This outing was planned to visit the memorial that stands beneath Milldown, but we also took in Loch Dungeon and walked by Haggis Hawse and Loch Minnoch. The sun … Continue reading

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It’s on Shinmount I’ll Stand

6.04 miles 3h 22m ascent 273m Forrest Bridge-Shinmount Hill-Burnhead As the day draws to closeIt’s on Shinmount I’ll standThe dugs by my sideAnd a stick in my hand

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Around Bennan Hill: Larches and lost tracks

6.23 miles 3h 26m ascent 228m Prof Hans Heiberg Rd-Malcolm Mitchell Rd-Charlie Tyeson Rd-Malcolm Mitchell Rd, Prof Hans Heiberg Rd-Ghost Hole

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