John’s love of ‘The Loch’

John Lindsay with his book about Clatteringshaws
John Lindsay with his book about Clatteringshaws

Clatteringshaws has a very special place in John Lindsay’s heart, especially after he went there to propose to his wife 39 years ago.

Keen amateur photographer John, from Newton Stewart, has now compiled the very best of all the pictures he has taken of the stunning loch in all its spectacular seasonal glory and compiled them into a book, called simply ‘The Loch’.

After his book was published, John explained why Clatteringshaws has been such an inspirational place to him for so long.

He said: “Clatteringshaws is a fantastic place to go to watch the changing of the seasons.

“I put a photo of it up on Facebook and a cameraman I know that works for the BBC commented that I should have one up for all the different seasons up there and that made me think about putting a book together.

“It’s mainly a book for tourists to take away with them. Tourists just see it on the day they are there, they can’t get to see it in all weathers.

“There were so many pictures to choose from I asked my wife and my friends to help me with the final selection and local author Jack Hunter very kindly did the captions for me. The book was almost finished but there was still a couple of spaces left so I went back to Clatteringshaws one day and got talking to Mr Hewitson. He started telling me so much about the area, about milking the cows there, and that is why his story finished it off perfectly.”

The book is available to purchase from Chris Morris newsagents in Victoria Street, Newton Stewart; Newton Stewart Post Office; Clatteringshaws Visitors’ Centre, Galloway Lodge in Gatehouse of Fleet and will be at the Catstrand in New Galloway when it opens at the beginning of October.