FRIDAY 18 MAY, 2017
PORT LOGAN TO MULL OF GALLOWAY LIGHTHOUSE
11 MILES 6 HOURS
MORRIS, BILLY, STEWART, GEORGE, STUART, JOHN AND PHIL
DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1612 MILES
Last night we ate in our hotel and the food and service was excellent. After breakfast we set off in the minibus back to Port Logan. Phil and Stewart dropped the rest of us of at the car park where we had finished yesterday and drove on to the Mull of Galloway and parked the minibus before rejoining us at the harbour in Port Logan. We walked from the car park along the sandy beach to the harbour where we spent some time speaking to other walkers who were on a day visit. From the harbour we made our way up the hillside on the minor road towards the public house. Here we joined a farm vehicle track (shown on the O.S. map as a walking track) heading south which joined another vehicle track which we followed all the way to near Clanyard Bay. Leaving the track we made our way across a field to the beach at Clanyard Bay. A steep climb up the hillside from the bay to Barncorkrie Moor proved quite testing but the views from the top made the effort worthwhile. We made our way round the hillside above the sea before dropping down to the small bay at Portencorkrie. Staying close to the sea we made our way round to the lighthouse at Crammag Head. The deep rutted grass made this part more difficult than it first looked. There has been a lighthouse at Crammag Head since 1913, the original one being replaced by an electric automated one in 2009. Looking ahead we could see we were about to take on another testing climb up Dunman hill. This proved no easier than the last climb but again the views from the top were fantastic. From the high point looking south we could see today’s destination, the lighthouse at the Mull of Galloway some four miles distant (as the crow flies). The walk down from the hilltop was very pleasant with plenty sheep tracks to follow in the short grass. Back close to the sea again we made our way along the cliff tops passed Port Mona and Port Kemin to where the peninsula narrows at West Tarbet. From here there is the option to walk on the road or one of the two tracks that go round both sides of the headland to the lighthouse. Arriving at the minibus in the lighthouse car park was the end of another enjoyable day’s walking.
Summary; A really enjoyable walk. In general underfoot conditions were good. One or two testing hill climbs.
Highs; Fantastic weather…..great coast walking and fabulous views particularly from the high points.
Lows; None at all…..a great day to be alive and on the coast of our amazing country.
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