A dull showery day and not very warm but ideal for a long walk in the hills. We parrked at Glentrool near to Bruces Stone and set off down the hill to the Glentrool Oak Woods.
Managed by the Cree Valley Woodlands Trust with the forestry Commission, they do an excellant job in preserving this ancient woodland and it is full of life.
Old broken tree.
The path follows part of the Southern Upland Way..
…through the Galloway Hills…
…past both deciduous and coniferous woodland…
…and tumbling burns.
Hawthorn or May blossom
Lots of different birds seen by the burn including Grey Wagtails and a Dipper
The tumbling Gairland Burn
A chance to play about with shutter speeds…
….and in the absence of a tripod a bridge is always good!
Nuthatch-only recently colonising Scotland
This is a great path, even in wet weather
Glenhead-This beautiful little cottage has been empty for several years and sadly the Forestry Commission are talking about demolishing, such a shame as it would make a great walkers bothy.
We could hear Cuckoos here
The path now starts to rise through the hills, this is looking back toward Glenhead
Lichen or Moss?…not sure but it was very striking
Up through the hills
Quite bleak in places
Looking back towards The Merrick area
Our first glimpse of Loch Dee…
…with its islands
The Giant Axehead….
…one of the Galloway Forest Park sculptures…
…with its ancient Runic script
Loch Dee is quite a large loch…
…in a beautiful setting…
…and well worth the walk from either Loch Trool side or Craigencallie near Clatteringshaws
Theres always someone has to spoil such a beautiful place!
Looks like these have been here a long time, you would think the Forestry Commission would clear these up
One of Loch Dees islands
7 Stanes sign
We must explore Loch Dee further on another day, but now its time to turn back
The Loch even has sandy beaches
Large tadpole in a puddle
Back towards the bridge over the Glenhead Burn where we heard the Cuckoos and we actually saw two in the distance, a bit far away to get a decent photo but at least we saw them!
Stark conifers a contrast to the lush oak woods
Back to the Gairland Burn and the light is even lower so time to play with shutter speeds again!
An empty nest in brambles
I think this is the Buchan Burn
Back at Bruces Stone…
…overlooking Loch Trool
A great walk!