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Hazy Balcary Bay

Hazy Balcary Bay


Postby denfinella » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:58 pm

Route description: Balcary Bay and Rascarrel, nearr Auchencairn

Date walked: 29/10/2015

Time taken: 1.5 hours

Distance: 5 km

Ascent: 220m

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A good weather forecast persuaded us to book a last minute night in Dalbeattie for a quick break away. After overnight rain, cloud and murk was taking a while to clear so we headed for the coast and a walk around Balcary Point.


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We opted for a slightly shortened version of the walkhighlands route, as per the map above. After leaving the car park and crossing a large field, the coast path headed into the woods with occasional views towards Hestan Island. There are extensive mudflats around here, but they were covered by the tide this morning.

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The path eventually left behind the scattered houses and climbed onto open ground above low cliffs, getting a little wet in places after the rain. Blue sky was tentatively making an appearance:

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Windfarm in the Solway Firth with England (just) visible beyond:

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Passing Balcary Point and the side of Balcary Hill, the cliffs grew in height above a slightly more dramatic coastline.

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Very large caterpillar by the path:

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Looking ahead to Little Airds Hill:

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Good views inland towards Scree Hill and Balcary Bay:

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Looks like it gets pretty windy here!

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Back along the coast:

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Donkeys next up on the wildlife front:

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The path headed down to the shoreline (signposted) via a track at the east end of Rascarrel Bay, a windswept place today:

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The bay was litter-strewn and a bit uninspiring, so we forked right at a small caravan park (near the area marked Lochenling on the map), heading directly north to Loch Mackie - a bit wet at first but soon improving. The loch turned out to be a pretty spot, with a few whooper swans and mallards on the far side.

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Cows, sheep and horses completed the pastoral scene on the easy walk back inland to the car park, a few other groups of walkers out enjoying the hazy sunshine by now.

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Afternoon: Screel Hill: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=57849
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