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Dunskey Castle, ice cream & an adder

Dunskey Castle, ice cream & an adder

Postby denfinella » Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:46 pm

Route description: Dunskey Castle from Portpatrick

Date walked: 28/08/2016

Time taken: 1 hours

Distance: 2 km

Ascent: 60m

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Back in August we spent a couple of days exploring the Rhins of Galloway in the far south-west corner of Scotland. In the afternoon on the first day we explored Portpatrick, investigated the ice creams and wandered along the coast to Dunskey Castle, taking the same route described on walkhighlands. It's a short, straightforward stroll filled with excellent views.

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First of all: Portpatrick - the most attractive seaside village we've come across for a while. Of course, good weather helps!




The coast path to the south began with a set of steps up onto the cliffs.


Next up there's a slightly odd elevated stretch with cliffs down to the sea on the right, and a deep railway cutting on the left. Strangest ridge walk I've ever done :lol:


Only a few minutes later Dunskey Castle comes into view. We also happened across a decent sized adder basking on the path, although it slid off into the grass before we could take a picture.



It's worth exploring around the castle and cliffs here, although there are a few "keep out!" signs and fenced-off areas to avoid.



Returning along the old railway line is less scenic but a bit quicker, and there's always something satisfying about a circular route.


The next day we headed to the Mull of Galloway - report here.
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Re: Dunskey Castle, ice cream & an adder

Postby DTChristie » Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:54 am

One of our fave walks too. Great photos!
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