Book details Mull Trail walks

A new book has been compiled describing 27 walks on the recently opened Mull of Galloway Trail.

It has been produced and published by the Rotary Club of Stranraer, which created the trail.

The club said it was “delighted that Robert Clark, who acted as coordinator for the trail, has compiled a book entitled ‘Twenty Seven Circular Walks based on the Mull of Galloway Trail’.”

The book contains a description of each walk and includes maps drawn up by Robert showing the various routes. Arrangements have been made to launch the book in Stranraer Library on Saturday, March 2. Robert will sign copies purchased between 10.30am and noon on the day. The book is priced at £4.

Funding to cover the cost of printing will come from an underwriting grant from the Wigtown Area Committee of Dumfries and Galloway Council. The proceeds from the sale of the book will be earmarked for the maintenance of the Mull of Galloway Trail, with any profits being donated to ShelterBox, a charity supported by the Rotary Club of Stranraer.

It is expected that this publication will be popular with locals as well as visitors to the area, with the length of the walks ranging from 3km to a maximum of 11km. It is possible to combine some of the walks to give the option of longer routes.

The compilation of this book was a family affair as Robert was accompanied by his son, Alastair, during his research. His daughter, Moya, and her family assisted with their computing skills, while his wife, Maureen, helped to check the text.

The Mull of Galloway Trail, which was officially opened in August last year, is already proving to be popular and gives walkers the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful scenery in this part of the country. A number of sponsored walks have already taken place and more are planned including the Mull of Galloway Trail Challenge on Saturday, April 6, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The trail forms the start of the Scottish section of the International Appalachian Trail, which includes the Loch Ryan Coastal Path, the Ayrshire Coastal Path, the West Highland Way and the Cape Wrath Trail. The missing link from Skelmorlie to Milngavie should be completed in May this year by the Rotary Clubs of Gourock and Allander. By that time it will be possible to walk from the most southerly point in Scotland to the most north-westerly point at Cape Wrath.

Further information about the trail and the Loch Ryan Coastal Path can be found at www.mullofgallowaytrail.co.uk.