Clatteringshaws, Benniguinea and Bruce's Other Stone

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Clatteringshaws - Benniguinea - Bruce's Other Stone - Clatteringshaws

Here is an unpretentious if none-too-taxing circuit of 1½ miles upon the slopes of Benniguinea (387m), the only justification for which is in the clue given in its name, Lochview Trail. This is followed by a rather routine there-and-back stroll to inspect Bruce's 'other' Stone, against which he leant (so 'tis said) to rest and savour his victory at Moss Raploch in 1307 – a pretty good year for successful skirmishes by the Scots over the Auld Enemy. Together the two elements add up to a fairly unremarkable 2½-mile walk.

So why, when I damn it with such faint praise, do I promote it here? Because, dear reader, I wish to draw your attention to the beautiful setting amid encircling hills of Clatteringshaws Loch, upon whose lovely shores you may wish to linger and loiter and watch the water... with the Forestry Commission Scotland's Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre a mere midge's mandible away. Here will the weary walker find rest and refreshment, together with toilets, tourist information, giftshop - and an interesting wildlife gallery with interactive displays and the recorded calls of local birds and animals.

Information for Dog Owners: subject always to the normal precautions to be observed by dog-owners when walking in sheep country, this walk is considered suitable for biddable dogs.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Good for Kids, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Mountains, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland