Day 191: Cairnie Finnart to Portpatrick – Folly & Moon

Scotland, Wigtownshire

Mull of Logan folly, The Rhins, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Hills near Kildonan, The Rhins, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Money Head and Float Bay, The Rhins, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Flock at Grennan Hill, The Rhins, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Morroch Bay at twilight, The Rhins, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Moonlight on Craigoch Burn near Portpatrick, The Rhins, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Tandoo Point under moonlight, The Rhins, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

The moon above Dunskey Castle, a ruined 12th century tower house with the lights of Northern Ireland beyond, Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

The locals aren’t the most talkative lot.

A kissing gate always makes access to farmland easier.

I want to go there.

Footpath overgrown with gorse requiring more electric fence gymnastics.

Plastic pollution in Clanghie Bay.

Setting up a dusk photograph above Morroch bay, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Never gets old!

Following the cliff top path to Portpatrick with the lure of a bed and hot meal ahead.

Maybe not that way then.

The winding path to Portpatrick. I enjoy the silence and concentration of night walking and feel released from the responsibility of looking everywhere for photographs like I do during daylight.

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20 thoughts on “Day 191: Cairnie Finnart to Portpatrick – Folly & Moon”

  1. Joe says:

    Your moonlight shots are truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing and good luck for tomorrow xx

    • Thanks Joe, It’s tricky to get the tonal balance correct to convey moonlight in photos as it can easily end up looking like daylight.

  2. Daphne Sanderson says:

    Cant believe it! Where’s the snow? Breath taking photographs take care.

    • Thanks Daphne, these are from a few weeks ago before the snow. I walk for a couple of weeks at a time and then return home to edit the photos.

  3. Another fine day Quintin and some beautiful scenery. Dumfries and Galloway is a part of Scotland rarely visited (by me) and I’m inspired to return and explore. Thank you.

    • Yes, it’s very underappreciated as many bypass the area to head north to Glasgow and the Highlands. The result is that it feels unexpectedly wild and remote. Glad I’ve inspired you to return!

  4. Loved your photo’s again. Do understand the relax mode you will be in when dark and don’t have to look for a good shot. Concerning plastic polution, we are now biking in Mexico and also here it is terrible. People don’t take care, throw bottles out of their cars, even full garbage bags. Such a pity.
    Keep walking (most during daytime 😉 ).

    • I just have to make sure I don’t miss too much good stuff at night! Plastic pollution certainly is a global problem. I can’t see people changing their behaviour so hopefully, a biodegradable alternative can be invented before its too late. ​Enjoy Mexico 🙂

  5. Beautiful, clear night shots. I have to learn night photography! Terrible plastic and a shame the footpath seems to be neglected, hopefully your photos will help draw attention to both issues.

    • Thanks. For landscape night shots try manual mode, manual focus, big aperture, tripod, high iso, start with 30 seconds and see what happens. increase exposure time if too dark or reduce if too bright.

    • I was delighted how that turned out especially as I couldn’t see very much! It reminds me of early photographic processes.

  6. Wonderful photographs. Makes you wonder why Dumfries and Galloway isn’t more visited by tourists. Just as well, though. I like the idea of visiting and having it to myself. 🙂

  7. Joseph Proskauer says:

    Hush Hush is indeed a bit of a mystery. It’s the name of a pair of structures from WWII — said to be radar stations, but apparently part of an experimental microwave system around the Irish Sea. (This one was paired with Fishguard in Wales.)
    Photos (with explanation):
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Whether you have comments on the photos, some knowledge or a personal story on this area you’d like to share, or you’ve spotted a typo or error, I’d love to hear your thoughts.