We spent much of the afternoon at the splendid Whithorn Story learning a bit about the town`s amazing history which dates back to the arrival in Scotland of St Ninian over 1500 years ago. Not only that but in years to come, Whithorn would be visited by several Kings including King Robert the Bruce!
As the sun had come out, we decided to round off the day with a walk from nearby Garlieston to Cruggleton Castle. Similar to all the walks mentioned so far, the walk is part woodland and part coastal and is relatively easy going.
Garlieston is on the coast of Wigtown Bay, about 6 or 7 miles north of Isle of Whithorn. The sun was glorious as we parked near Garlieston village hall. The walk starts in the village centre and passes the harbour entrance and an almost full caravan park to reach a path above the shore just to he south of the harbour. The harbour had many colourful small boats moored. The walk is mostly level with no steep ascents and follows a wide path in and out of woodland to reach Rigg Bay. The woods were full of delightful wild flowers and there were a few families enjoying the summer evening sunshine at Rigg Bay. There are often seals to be seen around Rigg Bay but we weren`t lucky enough to see any this time.
The path went though some more woodland, alive with birdsong and darting swallows before passing a delightful looking holiday cottage at Sliddery Point. From here there is a wonderful view over Wigtown Bay and to the archway – all that remains of Cruggleton Castle. Unusually, the path goes though a stone doorway and we continued a gradual ascent then went through a gate into some fields, the second of which was full of a
shoulder-high cereal crop making infinite swirling patterns in the breeze. There is a narrow path however round the edge of the field. At the end of this field it was a short distance to the remains of the castle where we enjoyed the views southwards to the Isle of Whithorn.
We retraced our steps as far as Rigg Bay then detoured along the sign-posted woodland walk which passes Garlieston House which is amazingly large!
Back in Garlieston,the local bowlers were playing on the green which is right on the seafront. The Harbour Inn beckoned for a refreshing drink!
The walk is about 6 and a bit miles and took about two and a half hours with stops for photos.