Log No 158. Sun 13th Oct 2013 - Isle of Whithorn to Garlieston, 8 miles (2454 miles walked)
I'm planning on meeting up with Mick on Saturday at Kirkcudbright and as this is only 70 miles or so away I need to have some shorter walks, otherwise I'll be kicking my heels for a couple of days and they're painful enough as they are.
The Tower at Isle of Whithorn
So today it was only 8 miles to Garlieston.
It was another dry day, sunny but quite a cold northeast wind.
Why is Isle of Whithorn called "Isle of"? it doesn't look as though it was once an island.
St Ninian's Chapel
Anyway I went to look at the big square Tower and St Ninian's Chapel. I've no idea what the Tower is all about, it doesn't have any entrance that I can see.
Having played the tourist I set off walking along the road.
The coastline from Isle of Whithorn
I had only been going half an hour when a I saw a footpath signpost saying "Garlieston 6 miles". There was no footpath shown on the map so this was a bonus.
The footpath was along the edge of the fields with kissing gates. Most of the fields had cattle in but they showed no interest in me.
The map shows this stretch of coastline as having a lot of forts but the only evidence I have noticed is what could be a ditch & embankment at one of the locations.
The Castle cannot be missed, being sited on the highest bit of coastline here.
The well established footpath from the Castle to Garlieston was very pleasant to walk and almost all through woodland.
Footpath from the Castle
An enjoyable 3 hours.