Just a short walk

Mary Smith's Place

One of my favourite walks, especially when I don’t have much time is round by Threave Castle, built on an island on the River Dee near Castle Douglas by Sir Archibald Douglas in 1369. Known as Archibald the Grim because of his fierceness in battle he was Lord of Galloway and one of the most powerful men in southern Scotland.

I always think of this route as

DSCF0989 (Small) Threave Castle

the osprey walk because it features an osprey viewing platform from which visitors can watch our pair of the ospreys on their nest across the river. That’s a post for later in the year when the parents – I hope – return to their nest.

Sometimes, I walk out from town, along the old railway line, which adds another forty minutes to the walk. On the days I don’t have much time but really need to walk I drive to the…

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