Loch Urr a magical landscape

Loch Urr - a beginning

To Corsock and the small hill road that crosses the moors to Moniaive. Thick and rich the verges, with foxgloves, meadowsweet and valerian. By Knocklearn with its old byres and turning over Glaisters Bridge, crossing the Urr Water. Following a quiet road between forestry and the moor of Craigenputtock, winding down into natural woodland at the foot of Castramon Hill. From here, a road climbs to the left, over moorland down to Loch Urr.

Meadowseet, hogweed and stone walls rise up the side of Sundaywell Moor. Orchids and asphodel in the wet rushes. Ling and cross leaved heath by the burn. Harebells and ferns.

Burnt mounds and cairns on Bogrie Hill. Settlements. Shillingland Moor where the waters drain down into Loch Urr, becoming Lochurr Land on the way. Wheatear chittering along the walls. Boulder walls. Sheep. Farms at Shillingland, Craigenvey and Loch Urr.

Winding down, Fell Hill skylines above Loch Urr. The bulk of Cairnsmore of Carsphairn distantly beyond. A picnic on the edge of Loch Urr. The waters rippling. Goose feathers and a sheep's skull. Remote, quiet, ancient land.

The above notes were made by Malcolm Stuart Davies on 23rd July 2011 in preparation for a collaborative project between four artists who live by the River Urr. The project 'Source to Sea' will include the work of Jennie Ashmore, Julian Francis, Malcolm Davies and Suzanne Stuart Davies, all professional artists. The exhibition will be shown at Gracefields Arts Centre, Dumfries during 2013.

website by The Digital Forge, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas