Day 180: Dalbeattie to Torr Point – Russet & Moss

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Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland

Lochan, Glen Isle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

This morning in Dumfries I was told to “Go doon the Vennel”. If I hadn’t been asking for directions, I’d have been sure it was a special insult reserved for Sasanach (A Scottish term for “Englishman” with mildly derogatory undertones) backpackers.

Oak leaves, Glen Isle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

My ultralight backpack is not designed for the loads I need to carry to tackle this section: winter camping gear plus four days of food so my back and shoulders ache after just a few hours. I’m not concerned though as I’m utterly engrossed by saturated colours of the wild winter landscape and see my first red squirrel and have regular encounters with groups of Roe deer.

Swing, Glen Isle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Castle Hill from Glen Isle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Vee, Glen Isle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

At Glen Isle everything is covered in thick moss, the standing trees, the dead trees and the path itself. The moss, and my beard, drips from the fine mist densely hanging in the air.

Castlehill Point from Almorness Point, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Mossy limbs, Almorness Point, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Underfoot, Almorness Point, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Bengairn and Torr Point from Almorness Point, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Auchencairn Bay, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Orchardton Tower, a tower house built in the late 15th century, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Near Orchardton Tower I meet a tweed-clad game keeper doing stretching exercises against a gate. “It’s important to keep moving at my age” he tells me. On enquiring where I’ve come from, he tells me he used to camp at White Port beach as a boy,

Orchardton Tower, a tower house built in the late 15th century, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Orchardton Tower interior, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

On approaching Orchardton Tower I assumed it would be closed, being remote and off-season, but the door was open, so I could ascend the damp five hundred-year-old spiral staircase to view the silent landscape.

Entrance to the vaulted cellar, Orchardton Tower, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Window nook, Orchardton Tower, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Lunch break at White Port beach. There was nobody around, the prints on the sand are from sheep!

Taking a breather at Almorness Point.

Sheltering the tent from the wind at Torr Point.

Decamped at Torr Point.

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14 thoughts on “Day 180: Dalbeattie to Torr Point – Russet & Moss”

  1. I’m amazed at the solidity of such structures as the Orchardton Tower. The grouting work must have been a pain! Lovely photos Quintin. Brrrr!!

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  2. petejohnstone says:

    Great work – lovely scenery – why didn’t you capture the stretching game keeper? Good luck in the snow!

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    • Thank you. I like to feel a real rapport to make a portrait and on this occasion, I was happy to just have a conversation. Also on a broader level, I feel The Perimeter, and my prime photographic fascination is about documentation of place.

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    • Pete says:

      Yes you are right, the ‘feeling’ needs to be right before you can think of taking a photo of someone on their own patch. It struck a cord with me when you mentioned Place – I have recently completed a project for an exhibition called West Wight People and Place – all about trying to capture a sense of place through photographing people in their own locality. Some of the images can be seen here-https://flic.kr/s/aHskvrtwff

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