Day 098 : Sandyhills – Auchencairn

Today I take a lovely walk which takes me across cliff tops over smugglers caves and past pretty coastal villages.

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Leaving Sandyhills, I walk through a caravan park and follow the cliff tops over the Smugglers cave towards Port O’Warren.  The beach here was known to smugglers.

Gutcher’s Isle is interesting, a secret sandy cove accessed from the sea by a very narrow inlet between the rocks.

I continue along the coast to Castlehill Point which I can see below me as a grassy peninsular. At the point is a stone pillar with an information plaque showing various landmarks from different compass points around you.

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I come to a village of white painted houses and cottages around a sandy bay which is Rockcliffe. As it’s quite a warm day I stop for an ice cream from the van, take a few photos before continuing.

I follow the Muckle Walk and Jubilee Path through the woods passing a collection of sculptures. A lot of this area is owned and managed by the National Trust. There is a tidal causeway to Rough Island which is a Bird Sanctuary.

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Kippford is another delightful village running along the shore of the Urr Estuary. The village used to be a called Scaur and seems very popular with yachtsmen.

The local golf course has a lovely café called The Tee Room, very appropriate.

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Dalbeattie is known as the Granite Town due to the extraction from local quarries. Many of the houses and cottages are built from the granite giving the place a bit of a stark grey look.

Local figure Lt William Murdoch was First Offices on the Titanic which sank on its maiden voyage. There is a memorial plaque for his heroism on the side of the Town Hall.

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I leave Dalbeattie by crossing the River Urr by the Craignair Bridge, some people know it as the Buittle Bridge. I continue my walk by following the road to Auchencairn which grew up around the Corn Mill.