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I have zoomed in on a detail from the picture above, just to remind
us of the early part of the day when we were trying to find a way
up past White Bennan - which is on the left in the picture below.
This is one of my favourite walks in the whole of South West Scotland
- it has some interesting challenges, a continual spectacle of stunning
views and, for a Scot, the area has ancient significance as the "Cradle
of Scottish Independence". The landscape itself seems to speak
of the rocky road we had to travel on that path and which has in turn
formed our sense of cultural identity. Wallace and Bruce are legendary
figures in the Scottish psyche symbolising dour determined struggle
against the odds - which this wee country has always had to do. The
landscape, intimate, rugged and uncompromising seems to whisper these
"auld sangs" if you take time to listen.