THURSDAY 17 MAY, 2017
PORTPATRICK TO PORT LOGAN
15 MILES 7 HOURS
MORRIS, BILLY, STEWART, GEORGE, STUART, JOHN AND PHIL
DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1601 MILES
Our accommodation for the rest of this trip was at the Waterfront Hotel in Portpatrick. As its name suggests it has a lovely location opposite the harbour. Our rooms were in an adjoining house owned by the hotel and suited us perfectly as we nice rooms we had our own rear garden area where we could sit and enjoy some snacks and drinks. The staff in the hotel were excellent as was the food. We are happy to recommend this hotel.
After an excellent breakfast we set off from the harbour in lovely sunshine. Stewart and Phil had already moved the minibus ahead for the return journey. We walked out of Portpatrick south, round the harbour and made our way up some steps onto what was an old railway line which led us passed the ruins of Dunskey Castle. Just beyond the castle we joined an obvious path edging the fields above the sea. We continued on this path to Morrock Bay where we dropped down to the shore beside the Knockinaam Lodge Hotel. Crossing Port of Spittal Bay we made our way up the hillside back to the cliff tops where we again edged the fields following sheep or deer tracks as we went. Tracks were easy to follow until we reached Portayew Bay where an overgrown gulley proved a bit more challenging. Clearing the gulley we found a track again and walked on to Cairngarroch Bay where we made our way down to the beach. The cliffs above the bay are where during World War Two an American Dakota aircraft carrying injured D-Day soldiers crashed. All 22 on board were killed. From the beach we climbed the steep hillside below Cairmon Fell and followed several tracks along the rugged cliff tops to the lovely Float Bay. Again we made our way down to the sandy beach which we will all remember for the unusual glass fronted house which has been built there. At the south end of the bay we climbed the bluebell covered hillside back to the cliff tops and picked up another track. A short distance on our attention was drawn to a large hare which was not trying to hide and allowed us to walk very close several times before moving off. It’s strange behaviour may have been leading us away from leverets it had nearby. Continuing along the rugged cliff tops we reached the cottage at Salt Pans where we walked along the stony beach to the lovely sands at Ardwell Bay. After a brief chat with a lone fisherman we continued on our way. Underfoot conditions at this part were very good with clearly visible tracks to follow. Passing Grennan Point we decided to stay on the high ground round Drumbreddan Bay, Port Lochan and Port Gill. From here we walked along the cliff tops round Mull of Logan where some form of monument or tower was visible some distance away inland near Logan Mains. Unfortunately to date I have been unable to find any information on this tower.
We walked into Port Logan passed the fishpond to the end of the days walk at the car park.
Summary; A really enjoyable walk in lovely weather. In general underfoot conditions were good. One or two testing parts across gulleys and up steep hillsides.
Highs; Great views along the rugged coastline. Some nice beaches.
Lows; None, a really enjoyable walk.
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