1986 ROUND KIRKCOWAN DISTRICT

  We set off from  school round our    
 block to see what the countryside     
 looked like. First we stopped outside 
 the Tarff House Hotel to look at the  
 ruins of the 300 year old  church in  
 the graveyard. We crossed the Tarff on
 its way to meet the Bladnoch over     
 Johnston's Bridge. Round the corner   
 was a small deciduous wood called     
 the Crosherie Plantation. We went to  
 Boreland Fell Quarry started in the   
 1930's but no longer in use. It is    
 hoped to open it again in the near    
 future. In a field between the river  
 and the main road was a motte once    
 used as a court hill for trials. In a 
 field nearby was the  White Cairn, an 
 overgrown mound which might have been 
 an ancient burial ground. We climbed  
 Doon Hill to get a view all around.   
 Our last stop was at Wood Hill to see 
 where Mindork Castle once stood.      
 

Map of the area

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