Knockbrex Hill Viewpoint Panoramas

A set of panorama panels, featuring paintings by Ann Butler, has been installed at the Knockbrex Hill viewpoint overlooking Ardwall Island. These panels were created as part of the Borgue PLACE project, sponsored by the Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project collected and analysed place names and field names from around the Borgue area.

The panels illustrate the views in four directions and during the four seasons. Places of interest and field names are labelled and examples of local wildlife are also included. Images of the panels are from Richard Ryall.

View in spring towards Borgue
Summer view of Ardwall Island
Winter view towards the north

The panels were unveiled at a small gathering on Knockbrex Hill on 12th January 2022.

Many thanks to David and Dora Austin, who farm the surrounding land from Boreland of Girthon, for their help with the field names project and for installing the panels.

Click here for more information on Borgue field names.

Borgue Field Names and James Brown booklets now on sale

During the summer of 2021, there were two exhibitions featuring the Borgue area at Mill on the Fleet. The first exhibition was about a project that collected and analysed the names of farm fields around Borgue. The second exhibition was about the life and times of James Brown of Knockbrex. A booklet has been created for each of these exhibitions and can be obtained from the Kirkandrews Kirk online shop. Click on the image below to go to the online shop.

If you are in the Borgue area, you can contact a member of the Kirkandrews Kirk Trust to obtain copies of these booklets for £5 each and save the postage costs.

Borgue Field Names on BBC TV

The Borgue Field Names project was featured on BBC Scotland’s Landward programme this week. Rachel Lucas, who was involved in collecting the field names, and local farmer Neil Picken were interviewed by Dougie Vipond on the programme.

Click the image above or here to view the episode on BBC iPlayer. The field name segment starts just after the 13 minute mark.

Operation Tub 2021

It’s Tub-tastic 2021 and we will be displaying our flower tubs around Borgue again. This year, please label your tub using a slate with “Borgue Flower Show” painted on it. If you need a tub and/or a slate, please contact Angela on 01557 870202 or Jo on 01557 870149.

Hopefully there will be some Borgue Flower Show activities on Saturday, 14th August; a display, sale or miniature garden competition… WATCH THIS SPACE!

Kirkandrews to Carrick Footpath Upgraded

Gate between East & West Shore Fields, near Kirkandrews

New gates and bridges across watercourses have been installed along the route of Core Path 181 which goes from Kirkandrews to Carrick. This now allows access along the shore westwards from Kirkandrews without having to detour up onto the road near the Coo Palace.

Bridge across the Stramoddie Strand, near Castle Haven

The route passes the Iron Age fort at Castle Haven then goes around Castle Haven Bay before following a rocky course along the shoreline to meet the track that comes down from the road towards the Bathing House at Barlocco Beach.

The route of Core Path 181 from Kirkandrews to Knockbrex Bathing House © Ordnance Survey

Please take care when walking along this route as it has not been navigable for many years. Even though there are now new gates to navigate walls and fences, it will take some time before a footpath route between the gates is established. The section around the north-west side of Castle Haven Bay is quite boggy but can be circumvented by staying in the landward field and following the track that leads down to the shore, as shown in the image above. The fields along the route are home to a variety of different types of cattle so be very careful when crossing the fields and keep dogs under close control.