Day 104 : Garlieston – Craiglemine

I ate at the Harbour Inn at Garlieston last night and the food and beer was excellent. It seemed quite popular especially as it is close to two camping & caravan sites.

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In the Second World war, Garlieston Bay was used to test the first Mulberry Harbours. These were artificial harbours that could be assembled quickly to allow troops and equipment to disembark onto the beaches. The area was ideal due to its remoteness and the rise and fall of the tide.

I leave Garlieston, passing the harbour with many small colourful boats moored and take a woodland path  to Rigg Bay. There seemed to be quite a few people out walking with children and dogs.

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I suddenly walk through a stone archway out of the woods onto a nicely kept lawn of a holiday cottage near Sliddery Point. A young German lady, on holiday, was sat on the wall enjoying the view towards Cruggleton Castle. It was nice to stop and we had quite a long chat.

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Up ahead was Cruggleton Castle or the “Black Rock of Cree” with its stone archway on the horizon which I headed towards.

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At the Isle of Whithorn I went past the harbour to see St Ninian’s Chapel. It was a nice touch to see a cairn of stones where people had painted their remembrance message on and added to the pile.

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I continue on the path to Burrow Head and onto St Ninian’s Cave. It is believed to be the retreat of Scotland’s first saint, St Ninian. Certainly a place to stop and spend a bit of time in quiet reflection.

I make my way inland through woods and past farms to Craiglemine were I finish for today.