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Gowk Nest Wood (Cairn(s))

Directions to Gowk Nest Wood: Take the New Luce/Barrhill road off the A75 c. 50 yards E of the Esso Petrol Station in Castle Kennedy. Stay on this road for c. 5.4 miles to the edge of New Luce. Bear left c. 50 yards before the 30 mph limit signs. Follow this road for c. 0.3 miles under the railway viaduct to a lay-by c. 50 yards beyond the viaduct. Head W from here, following my 0.65 miles Mains of Larg Cairns (go to Mains of Larg NW Links) route.

Mains of Larg NE (Cairn(s))

Directions to Mains of Larg NE: Take the New Luce/Barrhill road off the A75 c. 50 yards E of the Esso Petrol Station in Castle Kennedy. Stay on this road for c. 5.4 miles to the edge of New Luce. Bear left c. 50 yards before the 30 mph limit signs. Follow this road for c. 0.3 miles under the railway viaduct to a lay-by c. 50 yards beyond the viaduct. Head W from here, following my 0.65 miles Mains of Larg Cairns (go to Mains of Larg NW Links) route.

Mains of Larg NW (Cairn(s))

Directions to Mains of Larg NW: Take the New Luce/Barrhill road off the A75 c. 50 yards E of the Esso Petrol Station in Castle Kennedy. Stay on this road for c. 5.4 miles to the edge of New Luce. Bear left c. 50 yards before the 30 mph limit signs. Follow this road for c. 0.3 miles under the railway viaduct to a lay-by c. 50 yards beyond the viaduct. Head W from here, following my 0.65 miles Mains of Larg Cairns (go to Links) route.

Barnshangan E (Cairn(s))

Directions to Barnshangan E Cairn: Take the W turn to Glenluce off the A75. Turn left for New Luce after 0.2 mile. Stay on this road for c. 5 miles to reach New Luce. Park on Main Street. Walk straight on at the top of Main Street for c. 300 yards to reach Barnshangan Farm track. Follow the farm track for c. 0.8 mile. Barnshangan E Cairn is c. 50 yards to the right, adjacent to a dry stane dyke.

Barlure (Cairn(s))

Directions to Barlure Cairn: Take the W turn to Glenluce off the A75. Turn left for New Luce after 0.2 mile. Stay on this road for c. 5 miles to reach New Luce. Go straight on at the top of Main Street for 1.3 miles to reach Barlure Farm track. There is a lay-by to park in c. 50 yards N of the junction. Walk along Barlure Farm track for c. 0.3 mile to reach Barlure Farm. A track heading N starts in the middle of the farm buildings. Follow this track for c. 180 yards to find Barlure Cairn.

Cruise E (Cairn(s))

Directions to Cruise E Cairn: Take the W turn to Glenluce off the A75. Turn left for New Luce after 0.2 mile. Stay on this road for c. 4 miles to reach Cruise Farm. There is room for one car to park at the Southern Upland Way (SUW) on the right. Walk along the SUW for 0.3 miles. Turn left after a gate, following a stone wall into a sheep pen. Take the right exit and follow the farm track. The track bears right into the field, heading towards the Cruise Cairns. My route is viewable on Cruise Cairns (go to Cruise W Links).

Cruise W (Cairn(s))

Directions to Cruise E Cairn: Take the W turn to Glenluce off the A75. Turn left for New Luce after 0.2 mile. Stay on this road for c. 4 miles to reach Cruise Farm. There is room for one car to park at the Southern Upland Way (SUW) on the right. Walk along the SUW for 0.3 miles. Turn left after a gate, following a stone wall into a sheep pen. Take the right exit and follow the farm track. The track bears right into the field, heading towards the Cruise Cairns. My route is viewable on Cruise Cairns (go to Links).

Cairn MacNeilie, Cruise (Cairn(s))

Directions to Cairn MacNeilie, Cruise: Take the W turn to Glenluce off the A75. Turn left for New Luce after 0.2 mile. Stay on this road for c. 4 miles to reach Cruise Farm. Cairn MacNeilie, Cruise Cairn is in a field on the left. This field is boggy, so wellies are recommended.

Balchriston (Stone Fort / Dun)

Directions to Balchriston Dun: Take the B7023 turn off the A77 on a roundabout on the W edge of Maybole. After 1.4 miles you reach the B7023/A719 junction. Continue straight on for c. 0.4 miles to reach Balchriston gatehouse on the right. Turn right down this narrow road, stay on it for 0.6 miles to reach a rough lay-by on the right, opposite a gateway at NS 25482 11177. My walking route can be seen on Balchriston Dun (go to Links).

Diddles Hill (Cairn(s))

Dumfries and Galloway Council has announced restrictions and road closures on the single-track road from Innermessan to New Luce via Penwhirn Dam. The road is being upgraded for the construction of a large windfarm. These restrictions are scheduled to run from November 14th, 2022 to Spring, 2023.

Directions to Diddles Hill Cairn: Take the A77 Ayr E out of Stranraer. After c. 2 miles continue past the A751 Dumfries junction for c. 0.3 mile. Take the right turn onto an unsigned single-track road. Stay on this road for c. 4.6 miles. Park in a lay-by on the left at NX 1244 6896, opposite a mound at Penwhirn Reservoir. Diddles Hill Cairn is c. 250 yards SE in rough moorland. My route can be followed on Diddles Hill Cairn (go to Links).

Finnarts Hill Enclosure (Causewayed Enclosure)

Directions to Finnarts Hill Cairn: There is a minor crossroads on the A77 at Glenapp Church, c. 6 miles S from Ballantrae and 4 miles N of Cairnryan Take the unsigned road opposite Glenapp Church and turn immediately right onto a dead end at Glenapp Schoolhouse. Park up at NX 0743 7466 and follow the Ayrshire Coastal Path bearing right across the Water of App Bridge. Head SW and bear right up the ACP at NX 0671 7421. After c. 0.9 miles on this track there is a gateway at NX 05650 74224. Turn left over a stream, walk W up a fence line for c. 250 yards. Go through a gateway, head W for c. 100 yards to reach Finnarts Hill Enclosure, a rough circle c. 25 yards in diameter. Finnarts Hill Cairn is located c. 250 yards SW down the slope. It is a grassy cairn in heather, better defined than the enclosure. My route can be followed on Finnarts Hill Cairn. On your return by the reverse route if you head N for c. 400 yards from the gateway on the ACP you will find two low standing stones (listed as Finnarts Hill Standing Stones on TMA) W of the path.

Finnarts Hill Cairn (Cairn(s))

Directions to Finnarts Hill Cairn: There is a minor crossroads on the A77 at Glenapp Church, c. 6 miles S from Ballantrae and 4 miles N of Cairnryan Take the unsigned road opposite Glenapp Church and turn immediately right onto a dead end at Glenapp Schoolhouse. Park up at NX 0743 7466 and follow the Ayrshire Coastal Path bearing right across the Water of App Bridge. Head SW and bear right up the ACP at NX 0671 7421. After c. 0.9 miles on this track there is a gateway at NX 05650 74224. Turn left over a stream, walk W up a fence line for c. 250 yards. Go through a gateway, head W for c. 100 yards to reach Finnarts Hill Enclosure, a rough circle c. 25 yards in diameter. Finnarts Hill Cairn is located c. 250 yards SW down the slope. It is a grassy cairn in heather, better defined than the enclosure. My route can be followed on Finnarts Hill Cairn. On your return by the reverse route if you head N for c. 400 yards from the gateway on the ACP you will find two low standing stones (listed as Finnarts Hill Standing Stones on TMA) W of the path.

Howmoor (Stone Fort / Dun)

Directions to Howmoor Dun: Take the B7023 at the roundabout on the W edge of Maybole. After c. 0.9 miles take the right turn at Enoch Lodge House for Ayr (B7024). After c. 0.9 miles turn left onto an unsigned lane at a crossroads. After c. 150 yards there is a 3-way fork. Follow the middle lane for c. 0.5 miles to reach a lay-by for a path to Dunure. Walk along the track towards a quarry. Pass by a large cow shed. At the entrance to the quarry bear NE up a grassy slope into a field. Follow the edge of the field SW for c. 200 yards to reach Howmoor Dun. My route is viewable on Howmoor Dun (go to Links).

North Cairn (Cairn Hill) (Cairn(s))

Directions: Take the A718 NE out of Stranraer towards Leswalt. After c. 3 miles take the 2nd exit at the roundabout. After 0.6 miles take the right turn onto the B798 Kircolm at the Leswalt Church crossroads. Follow the B798 for c. 2.8 miles, turn right onto the unsigned B738. Take this road for 1.1 miles then turn left onto a narrow road for Knocknassie. Take the 1st right after c. 0.3 miles onto an unsigned road. Bear left through Knocktim farm after 0.3 miles. Continue for c. 0.5 miles to park in a lay-by 50 yards beyond S Cairn Cottage. North Cairn is c. 0.33 miles N across fields. Follow my route on North Cairn (go to Links).

Galla Hill (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Directions to Galla Hill: Take the road for Blackparks Industrial Estate from the A75 on the W edge of Stranraer. After c. 300 yards take the unsigned left turn. After c. 1 mile park up at the junction with Culhorn House. Walk along the farm track for c. 350 yards to reach a gateway on the right. Gala Hill Mound is c. 100 yards E.

Craigenlee Fell W (Cairn(s))

Directions: Take the A77 through Stranraer. Turn right for Portpatrick c. 1.5 miles after the S edge of Stranraer. Stay on the A77 for c. 4 miles to take the right turn for Stranraer following the Old Millitary Road. After c. 1 mile on this road park up in a gateway at NX 02602 56252. Follow my walking route on Craigenlee Fell Cairns (go to Links on Craigenlee Fell E).

Craigenlee Fell E (Cairn(s))

Directions: Take the A77 through Stranraer. Turn right for Portpatrick c. 1.5 miles after the S edge of Stranraer. Stay on the A77 for c. 4 miles to take the right turn for Stranraer following the Old Millitary Road. After c. 1 mile on this road park up in a gateway at NX 02602 56252. Follow my walking route on Craigenlee Fell Cairns (go to Links).

Craigencroy (Cairn(s))

Directions: Take the A77 S out of Stranraer. Head straight on 1.5 miles from the edge of Stranraer when the A77 becomes the A716 Drummore. Follow the A716 for 5 miles to reach Sandhead. Continue on the A716 past Sandhead for c. 1 mile to reach a right turn for Kikmadrine. Follow this minor road for c. 1.6 miles to reach a crossroads. Go straight on past the dead-end sign for c. 150 yards to Low Ardwell Farm. Turn right at the farm. Keep on this narrow road to reach the junction with Kenmuir Farm track. There is room to park up here on the verge. Walk NW along the track for c. 600 yards to reach the SE corner of a field. Head N up the slope for 330 yards towards a gateway. The cairn is c. 25 yards NW of the gateway in the field boundary. My route is accessible on OS Maps Craigencroy Cairn (go to Links).

Cairn Pat (Hillfort)

Directions to Cairn Pat Hillfort:
Take the A77 heading S out of Stranraer. Turn right for Portpatrick c. 1.5 miles from Stranraer. Stay on the A77 through Lochans for c. 2 miles to reach a concrete road signed as a Path to Cairnpat. You can drive c. 0.3 miles up the road to park at a water tank. The road deteriorates from here, so it is advisable to walk the final 0.5 miles N to Cairn Pat Hillfort.
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I love to travel, especially to antiquarian sites. I'm working through the extensive Cornwall site list with an annual week holiday. Avebury is my favourite spiritual destination. Las Vegas is my favourite sinful destination.

I also enjoy hill climbing however as time passes the hills grow steeper. I have climbed around 30 munros, however, I've also climbed The Cobbler, Stac Pollaidh and Suilven so height is not the only criteria.

I used to play golf (9 handicap) and support Queen of the South however I gave up both bad habits. Horse racing was a more recent obsession. Epsom and Newmarket are my favourite racecourses. At the moment my current obsession is music gigs: Arcade Fire, Dinosaur Jr, Sparks, Jesus and Mary Chain and Belle & Sebastian, my favourite band.

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