Water Supply

The original Craig Cottage water supply comes from Kirkandrews via an old cast iron pipe that lies on the bed of the Pulwhirrin Burn. Our water pressure was very low and Scottish Water suggested that the best solution would be to lay a new water line alongside our access track up to the road where there is a high pressure water main.

We engaged the services of John Anderson from nearby Twynholm and he made rapid progress with his digger across the field away from the cottage until he came to the point where a rock outcrop crosses the track. This necessitated a couple of days of hard work using his ‘pecker’ attachment to get through the solid rock. He also unearthed a monolith which we will use as a garden feature at some point in the future.

We had been given lots of information from Scottish Water about their requirements for the depth of the trench an we were very careful to make sure that it was all as specified. When their inspector came to look at it he leaned over the dashboard of his van, said ‘looks OK to me’ and that was it. The trench is now back-filled and Scottish Water were very prompt at coming along to connect it up to the water main at the road. So now we just need to get a start on the building work…

Glen Trool

Glen Trool is in Galloway Forest Park about 30 miles to the north. It is the home to Loch Trool and some very impressive ancient oak woodlands. There is also a forest park visitor centre and a set of well-developed mountain bike tracks which form part of the Seven Stanes mountain biking centres. We followed a loop trail around Loch Trool starting from near Caldons House, the site of an old National Forest campsite. Caldons was also one of the houses that we considered buying when we were looking for a new home in the Galloway area. The trail winds through the woods along the south side of the loch giving some very scenic views across the still waters of the loch to Glen Trool Lodge. At the far end of the loch is the site of the battle of Glen Trool which took place in 1307 when Robert the Bruce’s men defeated a much larger group of English troops by rolling boulders down the hillside onto them.

From the end of Glen Trool, a track leads back along the north side of the loch, past the viewpoint of Bruce’s Stone and round the back of Glen Trool Lodge through the woods back to the Caldons car park. After all of the rain that we had in October the streams were all in full flow and made for a few good photographic opportunities.