Sunday, 12 May 2013

Newton Stewart Walking Festival. Glenapp circular. May 2013

Arriving at Glenapp Church.

We had an unusual minister today!

Detailing the views over Loch Ryan

Inside the world war 2 gun turrets.

Group at the taxing stone.
Lunch high above the loch.

Today's small group.
Yesterday Saturday May 11th as part of the annual Newton Stewart Walking Festival the teacher and myself were asked by the organisers if we would lead a group round the Glenapp hills.So on a blustery day we met 6 walkers who were bussed from Newton Stewart to our start point at Finnarts Bay where we introduced ourselves and the teacher explained our 7 mile  route today and the different things we hoped to see. Setting off along a forestry road it was not long before we came to our first stop,Glenapp Church where we had been very kindly granted permission to go inside and admire the wonderful interior of this small quaint church complete with it's stained glass windows in memory of the aviator Elsie Mackay.The teacher gave the group a brief insight into her life which had been tragically brought to an end in 1928 trying to fly to America over the Atlantic Ocean.Leaving the church we climbed up onto the top of Laight Moor with it's panoramic views of Loch Ryan and the Irish Sea. As we walked over the moor we again had several stops to enable the teacher to tell the group the very important part that this area had played during the second world war. Once at the old gun turrets and the taxing stone (if you click onto this link you will be directed to a very well presented blog prepared by my good friend and colleague the Newton Stewart Blogger )Now back in Cainryan the group thanked us both for our contribution to the festival and  the bus collected them for their journey back to Newton Stewart.

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