Saturday, 2 July 2011

Scoops Reports 2011 - 2 July 2011 Port Logan – Damnaglaur

Wigtownshire Ramblers 2 July 2011 Port Logan – Damnaglaur

Jim’s photo

A warm sunny morning greeted the 22 ramblers assembled at the picturesque harbour of Port Logan for the walk. Two visiting walkers from the Kilmarnock and Loudoun group were given a warm welcome. Elaine, Cath, Frances, Avril and Jim, joining us from the Kilmarnock group, Peter, Mary, Jim, Paul, Sue, Andrea, Richard, Mary Mitchell, Audrey, Irene, Allan, John Smith, Peter, Leslie, Linda, Christine and Susan set off southwards from the harbour.

They began by taking the steady incline on the track leading south out of the village. Soon after the start, a hard pressed but cheerful farmer gathering stock, necessitated a slight detour through a field. Before long they'd gained enough height to appreciate the wonderful views back to Port Logan Bay.

Rolling fields of sheep and cattle meant a number of gates to open and close.

Moving through to the fields of Cowans Farm a quaint message by one gate read  'Be ye man, be ye wumman - Be ye gaun, or be ye comin - Be ye early, be ye late - Be ye share tae shut the gate'.
 Crossing a field of inquisitive young heifers the group now reached Low Clanyard.

With tarmac and concrete now beneath them, they made their way to Castle Clanyard Farm. Here they took a break while the walk leader got a volunteer to read out the history of Castle Clanyard, the palatial residence of a branch of the Gordons of Kenmura and Lochinvar.  All that remains of the 16th castle is a tapered corner of the walls in a nearby field.

They continued south along the Glen of the Hole, passing an unfinished new build of some grandeur. With Cairn Fell to the west they next reached the crossroads below Inshanks Fell. From here they turned east on the unclassified tarmac road to Kirkmaiden. In the sunshine, the views over Luce Bay to the Galloway Hills were magnificent and most summits quite recognizable.

Next stop and lunch was at the 17th century Kirkmaiden Old Kirk. During and after lunch the group looked in and around the Kirkyard. They looked at the memorial to the merchant seamen who perished in the first world war when the steamers the 'Main' and the 'Rio Verde' were sunk. Inside the church they viewed the bell gifted by the Gordons of Kenmure to their kinfolk in Clanyard Castle, the Latin inscription around the outside proclaiming it was made in 1534.

It was a struggle for some people to bring themselves back to walking mode after lunch and continue, back to Damnaglaur.

After a leisurely lunch the group now walked along the B7065 to the walk finish at  Damnaglaur. An unusual sight along here was a Jacob Sheep with one of its horns straight up like a unicorn. 

Upon reaching Damnaglaur the group toured the walk leader's wonderful garden in bloom.  Tea and cakes in the sunshine rounded off a glorious day.

We came through the back gate and I urged everyone to go around ALL of the garden as I had spent so much time in it this week in readiness for their visit!  Three kettles were put on to boil water for many pots of tea and for coffee, Andrea doing most of the work in pouring out the liquid refreshments.  I got the tray bakes and shortbread biscuits put onto plates and these were taken outside for people to help themselves.  I am so annoyed with myself that I
forgot to put the waterfall on, only remembering it when they had gone.  It was not really all that long after 2pm when people starting making a move and Cath and I took our cars and the drivers to Port Logan for them to collect their cars, come back to Damnaglaur and pick up their passengers.  It was over so quickly!  I had a great feeling of anti-climax when they had all gone.

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