Despite the forecast of inclement weather for the day, 18 walkers met at Cairnryan to take the bus to Finnarts Bay for a walk of 7 miles, which was to include part of the Lochryan Coastal Path.
Passing Finnarts Farm, we continued on along the tree lined road track to reach the Bridge of the Mark, re-crossing the river to gain the A77. By now the rain had begun to fall and it was decided to leave for another time a visit to the memorial in Glenapp Kirk to Elsie Mackay, Lord Inchcape’s high flying daughter, who disappeared in a presumed air accident in 1928. The traffic was braved for a hundred metres before turning into the track leading up towards Wee Leith Hill. Unfortunately the visibility did not allow clear views across Glenapp to Sandloch and Penderry hills which would have made the hard going more worthwhile!
The forest road was rutted and boggy as we progressed and the rain was getting heavier. Passing the edge of Low Marsh Forest, we started our descent, turning westwards above Old Park of the Gleick, looking across the loch to the North Rhins of Galloway. The border between Ayrshire and Wigtownshire was crossed at the Galloway Burn from where we could see the ferry terminals of Cairnryan
There was a last uphill trek to the Taxing Stane where once travellers had to pay to use the road crossing between Wigtownshire and Ayrshire. When the top of the rise was reached we quickly passed ruins of the gun emplacements and ancillary buildings of Little Laight Hill. From here it was downhill back to our cars in the north car park and picnic place in Cairnryan. Next week’s walk is a moderate ‘plus’ one of 6 miles over open fells and through woodland. Meet for car sharing at the Breastworks, Stranraer, at 9am, at Riverside, Newton Stewart, at 9.30am or at the walk start at Adamson Square, Creetown at 10am.