Continuing the current theme of short woodland walks to the shore, our walk today starts in the village of Glenluce and follows the banks of the River Luce to where the river meets the shores of Luce Bay at St Helena Island. It isn`t an island as far as we can see and we don`t know how it got its name but it is a lovely walk. The approximate distance is 2.5 miles there and back. If we ever find out how it got its name we`ll let you all know.
Start in Glenluce where there is usually space to park on the Main Street. Cross the Water of Luce by the bridge beside the railway viaduct which is now unused by trains. The Viaduct was built in 1861 by the Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Railway but was closed in 1965 as part of the Beeching cuts. Take the road to the left following the river downstream and after a short distance, a path to the riverbank is signposted. From the riverbank there is a great view looking back to the viaduct with an attractive weir in the foreground.
Follow the path along the riverside which goes under the A75 walking through woodland with colourful wild flowers. As we neared the shore, we saw several fish jumping in the river. The path then leaves the river bank and heads to the right, crossing a stream by a bridge and skirting the edge of Glenluce County Golf Course before reaching the sandy and grassy shoreline. There are great views towards Auchenmalg and Port William but it is impossible to continue in this direction due to the Water of Luce! The walk can be extended by exploring the vast beach or by walking along the shoreline towards Torrs Warren or even Sandhead several miles away!
We spent some time at the mouth of the Luce watching a large heron doing a spot of fishing and also saw a large group of swans in the distance. Another great walk!
We just had time to make it to Portpatrick to get a lovely coffee and a home made traybake at the Port Pantry which has to be one of the best coffee shops, if not the best in south West Scotland!.