Rigg Bay to Cruggleton Coastal Walk
A seaside walk in the Machars of Galloway
Rigg Bay near Garlieston to Cruggleton Castle (about 2 hours there and back).
From Wigtown and Bladnoch and through Kirkinner take the left fork, B7004 towards Garlieston past Kilsture Forest and at the crossroads just past the garage continue straight across to the Rigg Bay car park (small charge here towards the Gardens upkeep).
There are many routes through the old gardens down to the shore. In spring time the rhodedendrons are a magnificent sight.
For Cruggleton Castle follow the signs for the seashore, past the walled gardens and on to the picnic site on the Bay. The beach is fine for children to paddle and play. seals basking are often to be seen here.
Turning right, follow the signs for the Castle. The path climbs upwards through mixed woodland with many wild flowers to see. The fauna changes as you climb and the trees become windblown old oak trees with some ash and beech.
On reaching an old deserted and tumble down lodge house pass through the gate into the fields on the cliff top.
You will soon spot the old arch, all that is remaining of the Castle. Behind you there are wonderful views of the Galloway hills. Watch out for the cormorants basking on the rocks below!
Sponsored by: Mrs W Hall, Courtyard Cottages
Image – Fred Findlay