Cairnsmore of Fleet

Cairnsmore of Fleet is a big, rounded lump of a hill that rises over the east side of Wigtown Bay. It rises to a little over 700 metres (2300 feet) so it makes for a reasonable hike up from sea level. The path passes the gardens of Cairnsmore House then goes up through forest before breaking out onto the open granite moorland above. On the way up through the forest is this very chunky memorial seat, carved from a huge piece of granite.
Granite Seat
The hill has attracted a large number of aircraft crashes, mostly in the Second World War but one as recent as 1979. There is a memorial to the people who died in these crashes up by the summit.
Cairnsmore Memorial
The view from the summit is very impressive and ranges from the Lake District to the south, the Isle of Man, the Mull of Galloway then across to Ailsa Craig, the Mull of Kintyre and the Scottish Highlands to the north.
Here’s Gabrielle with the Isle of Man and Wigtown Bay in the background.
Cairnsmore Panorama
There’s more information about the walk on the WalkHighlands web site

Sheep Rescue

While our friends from Aberdeen were visiting in early November, we went for a walk along the coast from Craig Cottage. As we went into the next field to the north, we came across a sheep that had got itself completely tangled in a thicket of brambles and gorse. John was dispatched to get a few tools from the cottage then Gabrielle managed to restrain the sheep by straddling it and holding its horns while David carefully cut the wool from around the tangled brambles. Eventually the brambles were removed and the sheep made a hasty retreat up to join the rest of the flock further up the field. Here’s the moment of release:
Sheep Rescue

Jane, Steve, Elaine and David

We had a full house for the weekend in early November with a visit from Jane & Steve and Elaine & David who all made the long trek down from Aberdeen. Here are the team on a walk along the coast from Craig Cottage. This is the seaward side of “The Borg”, an iron-age fort which overlooks Castle Haven Bay, just a few hundred yards north.
Checking out the Borg

A little further along the coast is an interesting cave in the rocks near the beach. It is rumoured that the area was known for smuggling back in the late 1700s and this could be one of the caves that was used to hide contraband brought over from Ireland and the Isle of Man. Here’s Elaine disappearing into the depths.
Smugglers' Cave