On Saturday eleven ramblers met at the Stroan Bridge car park to step out on a ten mile circular walk. The weather was overcast with a stiff breeze, for which we were subsequently grateful, writes Moira Kidd.
Wtarted a long, slow ascent for approximately two and a half miles to the highest point, passing the Rig of Stroan, Bennan with it’s transmitter mast appeared in front of us. The views as we reached the junction with the path of the fell of Eschoncan on our right included the Merrick summit and Benyellary to our fore and the hills of Muldonoch, Larg and Lamachan to our right.
Descending the trail we followed the Buchan Burn down to the Culsharg bothy, where we stopped for lunch. On reaching the end of the path we had a photocall at Bruce’s Stone, famous because it marks the site of the battle of Trool in 1307. The stone also contains an inscription commemorating this event. From the stone the views along Loch Trool are truly impressive and well worth taking time to absorb.
On reaching Caldon we had a short break before proceeding through the wood to the Martyrs’ Grave. The grave is a Memorial to six men who were killed at a Covenanters prayer meeting at Caldon on 23rd January, 1685. The stone is a replica as the original was broken and is now in Newton Stewart museum.
We soon reached the bridge taking us across to the north side of the river and to the junction where the Water of Minnoch flows into the Water of Trool.
Saturday’s walk, 1st July, will be a six mile Category C+ coastal walk, Cairndarroch to Ardwell Bay. Meet for car sharing at Riverside, Newton Stewart at 9am, Breastsworks, Stranraer at 9:30am or West Cairndarroch Farm, NX052494 at 10am. New walkers and visitors welcome, but should phone the walk leader on 01776 860315.