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Galloway trip report

  


posted by Sam Harrison, Lorna Fisher, James Heath on 2013-05-13
Destination: Galloway
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I've missed the Galloway trip for the past few years, which is always particularly annoying when everyone comes back saying what a great time they've had! So, this time around I made an effort to be there, and once again it turn out to be a fantastic trip! Below is a collection of stories and comments about the trip from some of the guys that were on it, and photos from the trip can be found here.

Firstly, from Lorna: Eight of us arrived Friday evening to join Andy, Mark and Jenni, and after some time of deliberating where best to pitch our tent, in boggy moss or...boggy moss, we retired to a nice cosy pub for some merriment.

On Saturday seven of us decided to do "The Full Wharch!" which turned into "The Fuller Wharch!". It was quite a sunny day but the bitterly cold wind insisted that it still wasn't summer. Being in Galloway the mountains weren't quite as high as the munros usually tackled on Scottish trips, but that was certainly made up for by the amount of peaks we ended up doing, as we descended off one and kept looking at surrounding ones and thinking "hmm might as well add that one on too and make it the Fuller Wharch!", which came to 20km and 1800m of ascent. We came across many pretty lochans and their beaches, and the day was also very amusingly documented by Darren and his brilliant film making skills!

The Fuller Wharch walk on Saturday
On Sunday most of us went to Port Patrick to have a coastal day, and once again it didn't rain! We went round an old ruined castle, had a bit of an episode with a shop keeper who took exception to us asking for ice cream (lesson learnt: not to have the audacity to ask to buy something a shop is selling), then went scrambling and continued on a walk to a nice big beach. After about two hours there Jim, Dan and Richard had managed to completely interrupt the course of water flow into the sea (to the extent that I think sea level did slightly drop temporarily...) as they built a massive dam and created a pool the size Olympic swimmers could practice in!
Impressive damn building on Sunday
On Monday before heading home Sam, Jim and Richard had Craig Lee and the other five of us went on a rainy walk under Scot's Pines round Loch Trool, and learnt about the battles of Robert the Bruce on the way, though as I understand it from Richard you might as well just watch Brave Heart to grasp an accurate account of that part of Scottish History.

Andy lead an alternative to The Full Wharch on Saturday: My walk on Saturday consisted of heading up the Merrick from Bruces Stone at Loch Trool, a brief stop off at Culsharg Bothy then up out of the forest onto Benyellary then onto Merrick Summit, descent off Redstone Rig to Loch Enoch and then via Rig of Loch Enoch to Buchan Hill and back down alongside the waterfalls of Buchan Burn. Excellent views though it was very windy!

Mine, Jim's and Richard's walk on the Monday was, despite the rain and clouds very enjoyable, as summarised fittingly by Jim: The last day proved that, even shrouded in thick mist, the Galloway hills are quite special, and you're constantly coming across granite outcrops, bizarrely perched eratic boulders and hidden lochans...plenty of atmosphere, along with outrageously weird place names, to fuel the imagination...what were those mysterious tracks we were following up through the bog on Monday? The Mullwharchar?

And last, but definitely not least, a summary of the Full Wharch presented in video format by Darren: