A good single monolith in a well-cleared and idyllic area of the Galloway forest. Good lines (despite crouching starts) but very coarse rock. Do not go anywhere near it unless there's a breeze or cloud cover, it's the hottest suntrap in Scotland.
Details taken from Roddy Mackenzie's Blog @
Park on the A712 between New Galloway and Newton Stewart at the carpark marked "Talnotry". This is car park immediately after the "Grey Mare's tail" car park when heading West, which itself is immediately after the Wild Goat Park.
Cross the road and head down the forestry road situated about 50metres to the East of this car park and walk along this road. After about 5 minutes you'll pass the mountain bike track situated at grid ref NX 488 713
About 1 minute further on from this point you'll reach a small layby on the rhs of the road. At this point if you look back and down to your right (towards the river) the Rankin Block should come into view.
Despite the fact that it is only about 200 metres away from the road you should take your time crossing the ground to reach the boulder. It appears mostly flat and green, but is made up of old fallen trees and moss and as such you may find yourself falling through the surface. Do not wear sandals!!!!
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|A really good sized block, an excellent find. Worth calling in for if your in the area.|
petegunn - 14/Apr/12