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War Memorial and Grave, Kirkcowan

Kirkcowan is a village within a larger district of the same name in Dumfries and Galloway, a few miles northwest of Wigtown. Its War Memorial is in the form of a Celtic cross on a tapered column atop a square plinth and lies in the churchyard.

Kirkcowan War Memorial

The top panel is inscribed, “In memory of the gallant men of Kirkcowan who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1919.” The lower panel continues, “And of (11 names) who gave their lives in the World-War 1919-1945.”

Dedications Kirkcowan War Memorial

Also in the churchyard was a war grave. Private D F Hamilton, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles,) 8/3/1918, aged 22:-

War Grave, Kirkcowan

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

The Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s most southerly point.

The Mull of Galloway Lighthouse is situated at the very tip of the Rhinns of Galloway Peninsula.

Lighthouse from car park:-

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

From approach path:-

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse From Approach Path

The Lighthouse is one of the Stevenson family lighthouses and was designed by Robert Stevenson grandfather of the writer Robert Louis Stevenson.

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

Information Board:-

Mull of Galloway Info Board

Foghorn from lighthouse:-

Foghorn from Lighthouse

It’s quite a steep way down to the foghorn via the path:-

Foghorn from path

On a good day you can see from the lighthouse not only Cumbria and Ireland but also the Isle of Man. It wasn’t a good day – as you can see from this photo of the nearby rocks:-

Mull of Galloway rocks

Logan Botanic Garden

Logan Botanic Garden is in the Rhinns of Galloway Peninsula, Dumfries and Galloway. One of the reasons we were down that way was so that the good lady could visit.

The climate there is quite benign, warmed by the Gulf Stream, hence tree ferns:-

Australasian area

Just after the entrance there is an Australasian area which looks fairly weird in Scottish terms:-

Australasian area

More ferns:-

Ferns, Logan Botanic Garden

Further in we had some palm trees:-


And a pond with newts. I don’t recall ever seeing newts before:-

Newts, Logan Botanic Garden


Tucked away in one corner of the garden was this tower, the remains of Castle Balzieland (see here):-

Old Tower Castle Balzieland

Chapel Finian

Yet another of those ancient monuments with which Dumfries and Galloway is so well endowed, the ruins of Chapel Finian lie on the shores of Luce Bay on the west side of the Machars Peninsula in Dumfries and Galloway. Named after St Finbar (there were several Saints of that name though and tripadvisor suggests this St Finbar may be one and the same as St Ninian) it was a Way Station – a welcome pit-stop – for monks travelling from Ireland to Whithorn in the early days of Christianity in Scotland.

Chapel Finian Foundations

Information Board:-

Chapel Finian Information  Board

Central portion:-

Foundations, Chapel Finian

From southwest:-

Chapel Finian Foundations from Southwest

There’s another view of the chapel here with an aerial shot here.

Port William

Port William is a small port on the west shore of the Machars Peninsula, Dumfries and Galloway.


Harbour, Port William

Flagstaff with bird:-

Flagstaff, Port William

War Memorial from distance:-

Port William War Memorial

War Memorial close-up. A stone cross surmounting a hexagonal pillar on an octagonal plinth.

War Memorial, Port William

War Memorial Great War Plaque. Dedicated, “In memory of the men of Mochrum who gave their lives for King and Country 1914-1918.” Mochrum is the name of the parish which encompasses Port William:-

Port William War Memorial Great War Plaque

World War 2 Dedication, “In memory of the men of Mochrum who gave their lives for King and Country 1939-1945”:-

World War 2 Dedication, Port William War Memorial

Glasserton War Memorial

A stone obelisk on a mortared cairn, this is one of those memorials that lies at a road junction (here the A 746 and A 747 in the Machars peninsula, Dumfries and Galloway, near the road to St Ninian’s cave car park) and where there doesn’t seem to be much of a population about.

Inscribed, “Their name liveth for evermore,” and below, “In memory of the men from Glasserton Parish who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War, 1914-1918,” followed by 17 names. At bottom, “And in World War 1939-1945.” One name.

Glasserton War Memorial


I couldn’t help recognising the scene in this photo from Saturday’s Guardian Review:-


It was illustrating an ensemble piece about various writers’ relationship with Europe.

The photo brought back memories of that wonderful trip we took down (and up) the River Douro from just that jetty in the picture and which I featured in this post:-

aBuildings 20 yacht  river bank

And this one:-

Porto Buildings from Bank of River Douro

Curiously an item on Reporting Scotland on Thursday? night about the trip of Rangers to Porto for a Europa League* game also showed scenes of the same jetty. Synchronicity.


St Ninian’s Cave

St Ninian’s Cave lies on the shores of Glenluce Bay, Dumfries and Galloway. It is traditionally held to be the place to where St Ninian retreated from Whithorn.

It is still a place of pilgrimage today. On our (long) walk down from the car park we overtook a party of schoolchildren (young teenagers) being escorted to the cave. On our way back they were grouped together – complete with guitars – at the site where the path meets the beach. I assume they were preparing to indulge in hymn singing.

St Ninian’s Cave from beach:-

St Ninian's Cave From Beach

Closer view of cave:-

St Ninian's Cave

Information board at cave entrance:-

St Ninian's info board

Cave interior:-

St Ninian's Cave Interior

There are carved crosses within the cave and other crosses on the hills and cliffs surrounding it:-



Pilgrim's Crosses, St Ninian's Cave

I liked the veining in the rock at this smaller cave nearby:-

Another Small Cave Near St Ninian's Cave

Isle of Whithorn

Isle of Whithorn is not to be confused with Whithorn. It is about three miles further south and is one of the most southerly villages in Scotland. The locals refer to it simply as, “the Isle.” It is said to be the place at which St Ninian first made landfall in Scotland.

Harbour. This is where the Drummullin Burn enters the Solway Firth:-

Isle of Whithorn Harbour

A chapel dedicated to St Ninian was erected here in the 13th century. Its ruins lie very close to the sea.

St Ninian's Chapel, Isle of Whithorn

Interior, St Ninian's Chapel, Isle of Whithorn,

St Ninian's Chapel Interior, Isle of Whithorn,

External wall,m St Ninian's Chapel, Isle of Whithorn

The village has a War Memorial to the right of the road entering it. A Celtic Cross on a square plinth. Great War names here:-

Isle of Whithorn War Memorial

Dedications, ‘In honour of the men from the village and district who fell in the Great War 1914-1918. “Lest We Forget.” 1939-1945,’ and World War 2 names:-

Dedications, Isle of Whithorn War Memorial

Edited to add: I meant to say above that the Isle was where part of the cult horror film The Wicker Man was filmed.

War Graves and Dedications in Whithorn

Whithorn Priory and Whithorn Parish Church are surrounded by a cemetery in which there are some Commonwealth War Graves.

Staff Serjt W B Arnott, Royal Army Medical Corps, 15/12/1915, aged 32:-

War Grave, Whithorn

Private J Irvine MM, Labour Corps, 19/2/1920, aged 34:-

Whithorn War Grave

Private P Whalley, The King’s Liverpool Regt, 19/10/1918:-

Whithorn War Grave

Thomas Drape Clark killed in action near Arras, France, 23/4/1917, aged 36:-

War Death  Dedication, Whithorn

John Norman Brown, 2nd Lieut, Border Regt, lost at sea in the Great War:-

Whithorn, War Death Dedication

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