A short walk in the Galloway Hills

Just a picture post on my blog. We intended to be out longer than we were, but gale force winds forecast with late snow was enough to shorten our route, but it was great to get out and have a backpack with my youngest son William.

Before setting off we camped at Glentrool

Before setting off we camped at Glen Trool

Looking  out from Robert the Bruce stone

Looking out from Robert the Bruce stone

Gairland Burn

Gairland Burn

Gairland Burn

Upper reaches of Gairland Burn

 Beautiful Loch Valley

Beautiful Loch Valley

Loch Arron

Loch Arron

After a warm day’s walking, we set up camp near to Loch Enoch, a wild and remote place on a very small patch of flat ground amongst a sea of tussock grass. If I had known we could have carried on to pitch near the beaches of the Loch on the far side.  The forecast for the next two days was bad and we made a decision to strike camp early the next day and  head over the Merrick, the highest point in the Galloway hills.

The wind and rain lashed at us and it was difficult to even stand up at times let alone take any photos. In the low cloud it was pointless anyway. Eventually as we neared the forest which cloaks the lower slopes of the Merrick, the weather started to clear.

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An  almost apocalyptic scene with mist and the chaos of a clear felled forest.

An almost apocalyptic scene with mist and the chaos of a clear felled forest.

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Weather clears at the end of our journey, the road back to Glen Trool

Weather clears at the end of our journey, the road back to Glen Trool

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4 Responses to A short walk in the Galloway Hills

  1. Jane says:

    Great pictures but it does look cold! The apocalyptic scene in the mist is impressive too. I’m glad you got a chance to take your son camping. Even though the weather was challenging he’ll treasure those memories of time spent with him.

  2. AlanR says:

    That more or less was exactly the same weather and route we took. We got battered on the Merrick. Its a fantastic backpacking area though and well worth a visit.

  3. Hi Alan. Thanks for dropping by. I have not kept up with my blog reading for awhile, on Twitter mainly now but need to visit your site!

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