Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rigg Bay to Cruggleton & Garlieston 17th July 2010

We arrived at Galloway House Gardens just when the weather started to clear. There is a good carpark here and the fee goes towards the upkeep of the gardens.

A Shaggy Ink Cap

Purple Toadflax...

...and the bees love it!

Young Song Thrush

Rosebay Willowherb

After walking through the gardens you come out on the shores of Rigg Bay where there tested the Mulberry Harbours during WW2.

Its a beautiful quiet beach with gulls and terns.

The walk to Cruggleton Castle is spectacular with great views!

An unsociable toad!

Mike obviously enjoying the walk

This way to the castle

There were hundreds of white butterflies about


Yellow Bedstraw

Painted Lady

Green veined white

You can just see Robin Rigg offshore windfarm in the Solway

The cottage on the left is a beautiful holiday cottage, but not suitable for children!

Path through the barley

Unfortunately the castle is enclosed by scaffolding

A fishing boat below the cliffs


Dark woods

Cormorants with young

Young robin

Sunlight through a sycamore leaf

Distant viewiof the castle

Back to the bay and the tide is now in

Great Willowherb

There are ruined cottages in the gardens


Another ruin

Blue bridge

This one needs some tlc

Unusual shrubs and trees are everywhere

We ended our afternoon in Garlieston

This cottage is for sale, we stayed here on our first visit in 1980 which is when we fell in love with the Dumfries & Galloway!

Artists impression of the new properties being built/restored


Gaina said...

Hello :) I'm pretty sure the flower in pictures #2 and #3 is Purple Toadflax :)

Wildforms said...

Thanks Gaina!

blueskyscotland said...

Excellent photographs on your blog.!

I`ve done this walk a few times and it really is a great day out.A forgotten corner of Scotland...