Talnotry

A misty walk from the Queen’s Road up to Black Loch. A steep trail leads up from the Queen’s Road, past Murray’s Monument to reach a forest track that follows the line of the Old Edinburgh Road. Just off the track is an old sheep fold containing some carved heads. These are part of a sculpture installation called “Quorum”. It was created as part of Matt Baker’s residency in Galloway Forest in 1997. There were originally six heads but there only seem to be two remaining nowadays.
Quorum sculpture installation by Matt Baker
A little further along the track is the Black Loch. It features another sculpture, a slender cone of terra cotta called “The Eye”, by Colin Rose.
The Eye, by Colin Rose
Down on the other side of the Queen’s Road, there is a forest track that leads over to an area of exposed granite ridges known as “McMoab”. This is part of the Kirroughtree 7 Stanes mountain biking trail system and gives some challenging riding in a magnificent setting at the head of the valley.
McMoab mountain bike trail

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