24 Three minutes along
that track I came across half a dozen trees recently blown down over the
road as in the picture above. I scrambled through them and kept checking
the compass. I was doing fine at first heading north east.
Now whether I missed a road going to the right or not I don't know but
pretty soon the compass was telling me I was heading north west. So what
do you do? Go back and see if you can find a lesser track going to the
right would probably have been the thing to do but I ploughed on regardless
and ended up at Loch Minnoch cursing forest roads vehemently - "I
hate the damn things".
They channel your free spirit of the hills into where they want you to
go, or, as in this case where you don't want to go, they offer nothing
much to see and are really just industrial man-made scars in the natural
environment. They are of course very necessary for the forest management
and forests are great for fighting global warming - I know all that fine.
So you just have to grin and bear them really when you have to use them
to get onto the hill. Anyway the loop round by Loch Minnoch added a couple
of extra kilometres to my day's walk but I did get these pictures of the
loch that you see below. The second picture has North Gairy brooding over
This was not my most memorable day on the hill. It had taken me six and
a quarter hours but I had spent half an hour on the top of Meikle Millyea
waiting for the clouds to lift and added another 25 minutes or so doing
the Loch Minnoch loop. So you could take at least an hour off that six
and a quarter hours if you were in a hurry to do the route - and got it
right! But not getting the spectacular views west from the Rhinns over
to the rest of the Galloway Hills was the biggest disappointment. "I'll
just need to get back soon again for that" is what I thought, and
one week later I got the pictures I was looking for, shown in the Fore
Bush 2 web gallery.
I have added an extra
page to this web gallery with an explanation of where I went wrong.