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United Kingdom : Scotland

3.9 km (2.4 miles) NNE of Cairnryan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK
Approx. altitude: 213 m (698 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 55°S 175°E

Accuracy: 20 m (65 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View North #3: View East #4: View South #5: View West #6: Just before losing satellite lock #7: Looking toward the confluence #8: Long and lonely road home #9: Very loud Tannoy!

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  55°N 5°W (visit #4) (secondary) 

#1: The Confluence

(visited by David Williams)

01-Apr-2011 -- A very lonely confluence indeed.

Having read the horror stories recounted by previous visitors I decided this should be a long "track and path" visit rather than a short cross country dash (if you are prepared to take a risk of being accused of trespass it is possible to 2WD drive to within 400m of the confluence).

I turned off the main A77 at Cairnryan and drove a little way up a small single track road. From there less than an hour of gale-assisted brisk walking on forest roads and 10 minutes following deer tracks down firebreaks brought me to within 40m of the confluence (GPS error 7m). The trees have grown up a bit since 2002 - you can pass easily along the planting lines, across would be classified as "difficult to run 20%-60%" on an orienteering map.

My GPS soon gave up "Weak GPS Signals Need A Clear View of the Sky" but by compass and pacing from the firebreak I am sure that the confluence is located just a few meters beyond the ditch (which is indicated by a linear break in the canopy on Google Earth) - so I am giving myself a +/-20m.

It was late in the afternoon, cold, windy and raining, no phone reception and no one in the world knew where I was (silly me) - getting chilled I took the necessary photographic record and attempted to jog back to my car - wind was now blowing very strongly indeed and carrying the rising "bong-bong-bong" preceding the ferry boarding announcements several kilometres over the moor.

Some primary school children have constructed a nature resource area close to the road entrance to the forest - they breed them hardy in Scotland.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence
#2: View North
#3: View East
#4: View South
#5: View West
#6: Just before losing satellite lock
#7: Looking toward the confluence
#8: Long and lonely road home
#9: Very loud Tannoy!
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