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Whitletts War Memorial

Our trip back home from Dumfries and Galloway took us through Ayr. Whitletts is an area to the northeast of the town. Its War Memorial is in the form of a Celtic Cross on a square plinth.
The cross’s pillar is inscribed with the words, “A tribute of honour and gratitude to the men of this parish who gave their lives for home and freedom in the Great War 1914 – 1919.” Below that are names for The Great War. On the base of the plinth it says, “Lest we forget.”

Whitletts War Memorial

Reverse. (Great War names):-

Whitletts War Memorial Great War Names

The other two sides bear the names for World War 2. Why there was a piece of wire entangled round the plinth I do not know.

World War 2 Names Whitletts War Memorial

Whitletts War Memorial, More WW2 Names

Glenluce War Memorial

Glenluce is a village in the parish of Old Luce in Dumfries and Galloway.

Its War Memorial is a granite trapezoidal obelisk on a square base.

I like the fact that a children’s playground is right beside the memorial.

Glenluce War Memorial

Dedications. “Erected to the memory of the men connected with the parish of Old Luce who fell in the Great War 1914 – 1919.” And below: “And in World War 1939 – 1945” with 10 names:-

Dedications Glenluce War Memorial

The Great War names are on the other three sides:-

Great War Names Glenluce War Memorial

Glenluce War Memorial Great War Names

More Great War Names Glenluce War Memorial

Torrhouse Stone Circle, Dumfries and Galloway

Stone circles aren’t something I associated with Dumfries and Galloway. I think of them more as an up north, Western Isles and Orkney sort of thing.

But here this one was on the road between Kirkcowan and Wigtown. Torrhouse stone Circle is a Bronze Age monument.

Torrhouse Stone Circle

Torhouse  stone circle

Here are three of the stones and a local farm animal, not to mention a tree shaped like a lollipop:-

Torhouse  stone circle three stones + lollipop tree

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

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

Rispain Camp, Dumfries and Galloway

Rispain Camp was once thought to be the remains of a Roman fort but is in fact much older, an iron age farmstead from the late centuries BC. It was close to the route we took south from Whithorn so we thought we’d pop over to see it.

You have to go up a farm track to get to it and the car park is essentially the farm’s back yard.

There’s not much to see from ground level especially if you visit it on a misty day like we did. The images here show it off better.

Ditch at Rispain Camp:-

Ditch at Rispain Camp

Rispain Camp Ditch

View of Ditch at Rispain Camp

Kirkinner War Memorial

Kirkinner is in the former Wigtownshire area of Dumfries and Galloway a few miles south of Wigtown itself.

Its War Memorial is in the form of a large (mortared) cairn embossed with a circular shield and is inscribed, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men of this parish who fell in the Great War 1914-1919.” Below the names it reads, “1914 Their name liveth for ever 1919.”

Kirkinner War Memorial

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