25 people turned out, despite other attractions in the area. After parking at the old quay in Palnackie the party headed south towards the coast along a narrow lane with views of the river Urr, calling in at North Glen glass blowing gallery on the way. After crossing the merse the group stopped for a short break before entering the wood and overgrown path.
By this time the cloud started to thin and the temperature began to rise. After emerging from the wood at Almorness House we all stopped for lunch with views of Rough Island and Rockcliffe to the east and Screel Hill to the north. At one point it looked like rain, but no, in fact it got warmer and made the detour to Orchardton tower,the only round house built in Scotland dated about 1456 and managed by Historic Scotland. Everybody arrived back in Palnackie hot and the bus called in at Drummuir for Ice Cream.