Ramble through Balcary

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The ramblers assembled in the Balcary Bay car park for an 8-mile circular walk, setting off in fine weather.

After a very peaceful Loch Mackie. a narrow path heads along the tree lined south shore of the loch into woodland and then out into an area of cleared forest where the path runs through bracken. A buzzard rested unconcerned on a nearby treetop, while a Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, ringlet butterflies and a golden-ringed dragonfly flew ahead of us, as we made our way onto the single track road to Rascarrel Bay.

On reaching Barlocco Bay most of the group paid an unscheduled visit to the rocky shore before returning to cross the burn to gain the field beyond. The promised rain arrived and wet weather gear was donned in order to make our way across the fields to regain the clifftop at Rascarrel Heugh.

We sauntered past Airds Point and atmospherically named rocks such as Adam’s Chair, the Door of the Heugh and Lot’s Wife, which could be seen by those who dared to peer down the precipitous cliffs.

Next week’s walk is a 7 mile Category C walk (leisurely) on Saturday 2nd July, from the Mull of Galloway to Damnaglaur, starting at 10am at the Mull of Galloway car park (NX 154 304). Meet for car sharing at the Breastworks, Stranraer at 9:15am or at the Riverside, Newton Stewart at 9am. If going directly to the start of the walk please inform the walk leader. New walkers should phone the walk leader on 01776 840636.