307 Palnackie to Auchencairn

It’s rained overnight, and I set off from Palnackie on a dull morning. My planned route is going to be tortuous, following Core Paths and winding around a couple of long peninsulas.

01 leaving Palnackie, Ruth hiking in Dumfries and Galloway

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306 pm Dalbeattie to Palnackie

After lunch, I head out of Dalbeattie along the A711. It’s a fairly busy road at this point, and not the best of walking experiences.

25 leaving Dalbeattie, Ruth's coastal walk

Time to find the crossing over the Urr Water… ah, there it is. The bridge is narrow and old. I’m glad a set of traffic lights restricts traffic to a one-way flow. Continue reading

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306 am Rockcliffe to Dalbeattie

Rockford is a pretty place, but like anywhere it looks less attractive with the tide out. I park my car and set off along the path that runs behind the houses at the far end of the bay.

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305 pm Sandyhills to Rockcliffe

Sandyhills is a lovely place. And, for the first time for many weeks, I truly feel I’m beside the seaside, rather than on an estuary.

a01 Sandyhills, Ruth walking the coast in Dumfries and Galloway

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305 am Southerness to Sandyhills

The day gets off to a wintry start. Stong winds and dark skies over Cumbria. I take a quick photograph of Southerness lighthouse and zip up my jacket. There’s rain coming.

01 Southerness Lighthouse and storm clouds, Ruth Livingstone

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304 New Abbey to Southerness

I return to New Abbey – and this time I have a proper camera with a full battery. Unfortunately, the light isn’t as good as yesterday, but I take some reasonable photographs of Sweetheart Abbey.

01 Sweetheart Abbey, Ruth walking in Dumfries and Galloway

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303 Dumfries to New Abbey

Today the sun is shining for the first time since I arrived in Scotland. So I’m looking forward to taking some great photographs.

But when I switch on my camera… oh no… the battery is flat! What a shame. I have to use my iPhone to take a few snaps of Dumfries.

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302 Glencaple to Dumfries

I catch the bus from Dumfries to Glencaple and it drops me off in the car park. Criffel looms across the river, dark and sullen.

01 Glencaple wharf, Ruth hiking to Dumfries, Scotland

The day is as dull as yesterday. Maybe duller. What a shame. All my photographs turn out looking muddy. Continue reading

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301 Brow Well to Glencaple

Today I planned to park at Glencaple, then take a bus to Dumfries, where I would change to another bus to get back to Clarencefield. It would be a late start to my walk and a precarious beginning…  but at breakfast my kind host steps in and offers me a lift. Yay!

We drive in convoy to Glencaple, and then he drops me off at Brow Well.

01 Brow Well, Ruth walking the Scottish coast, Dumfries and Galloway

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300 Annan to Clarencefield

It’s a dull morning. I cross the River Annan via the road bridge and join the tail end of the Annandale Way. There are relatively few long-distance hiking trails in the area, but this is one of them.

01 Bridge over River Annan, Ruth Livingstone walking the coast of Scotland

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