Rambling on the Ross peninsula

WIgtownshireRamblers on the West Cairngarroch to Slannax and StrandFoot stretch.
WIgtownshireRamblers on the West Cairngarroch to Slannax and StrandFoot stretch.

The last time we travelled this route, the weather let us down, with poor visibility and rain such that half the group abandoned the walk soaked through at the half way point! Today promised some recompense for our 15 starters, with a forecast of pleasant temperatures and guaranteed sunshine. So it was in an optimistic mood we strolled across the beach from Brighouse Bay car park to pass through the gate into the field and turned uphill over grass. After a short time we reached the brow of the hill with its prospect of Ross Bay and the Dee estuary beyond, all the way to Robin Rigg windfarm in the Solway Firth, the Lakeland hills round the Saint Bee’s Head and the Isle of Man.

We walked through Ross, acknowledging the holidaymakers relaxing in the sun by their holiday cottages, and followed around the bay until a field gate provided access to the track leading up the hill until we gained our first view of Ross Island. Past the Borness Batteries and turning inland at Borness Point, we followed the path over Borness Bar and past the recent rowan tree plantings which promise such a splendid crop of berries for our birds this autumn. Back on farm tracks, we returned to Brighouse Bay car park through Southpark Farm. After a happy day walking in perfect weather among splendid scenery we drove back to Gatehouse of Fleet for a well-deserved tea at the Galloway Lodge.

Next week’s plan is for two walks up Cairnsmore of Fleet on Saturday 15th July, an 8 mile B- walk up and down the main path and a 9.5 mile B+ walk up the Door of Cairnsmore returning by the main path. Meet at 10 am at the Cairnsmore Estate car park (NX 463 632).

Meet for car sharing at the Breastworks, Stranraer at 9:00 am or at the Riverside car park , Newton Stewart at 9:30 am.