Day 13 New Luce to Portpatrick – about 20 miles

A bright and breezy start was followed by heavy showers and a strengthening wind. I took a pragmatic view of my route, seeing no point in wandering the trackless moors for the first couple of miles, so I devised a more direct route to Castle Kennedy where I rejoined the waymarked SUW.

Above: Castle Kennedy Below: The SUW mercifully avoids Stranraer, though it’s a close call.

Beyond Stranraer the SUW falls and rises across minor valleys before reaching windswept moor and pasture at Knockquhassen Reservoir. Thereafter it twists and turns across fields at Knock and Maize, which I found frustrating in my impatience to finish the challenge.

I finally joined a road that led to the cliffs at Killantringan Lighthouse on Black Head, where I felt much happier. An attractive undulating path led along the cliff edge and down to a couple of beaches. Spring flowers common along our western coast brightened the upper slopes as the strong wind blew in my face.

Finishing as I began, at the junction of land and sea, I dropped to Portpatrick and went into a pub. I quickly realised I was the odd man out. Nobody else looked as if they’d walked further than the car park. Everyone seemed to be ordering drinks at the bar, deciding on food, and looking rather smart by my standards.
I walked outside and took a bus ride north into the lovely Ayrshire countryside.

Above: Squill Below: Thrift or Sea Pinks

All three pictures: On the way to Portpatrick

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