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.

Curling Ponds Mapped

The locations of Curling Ponds in Galloway have been added to the Galloway Place Names map. To show the ponds on the map, load the map by clicking on the image above then choose: Features->Curling Ponds from the menu at the top of the map. You can click on the curling pond symbols to get more information about each pond. Most of these are no longer used for curling but it shows how popular curling was in the past, with each village having its own pond or loch that was used for the sport. I’m sure that there are many more of these so please send in any information on curling pond locations using the form below.

Borgue Field Names map is now online

An interactive map showing Borgue field names and other local information is now online. Click on the image above to see the map. The map displays all of the fields in the Borgue area along with an analysis of the origins of the field names. Other information can also be viewed on the map, including points of interest and data from other historical maps and sources.