Survey of Dowalton Loch

Rain, hail, wind – we battled through all of these on our first day at Dowalton Loch. But what a cracking day we had today, after the trials of yesterday!

We have spent the last two days at Long Castle of Boreland, interpreting and recording the site through plane table, total station and GPS survey. Our team of hardy volunteers are becoming more confident with these techniques, and we’re almost finished at the castle site. George brought a survival unit, a bit like a tent but without poles, under which some of us huddled like penguins at breaktime. Character building, perhaps?

Drawing a sketch plan of Long Castle of Boreland

Today we began a geophysical survey of Inner Wood Hill to try to locate the possible enclosure, see RCAHMS for more information on this site. We’ll continue this tomorrow.

Strat was disappointed that his brand new raspberry coloured thermos flask left his tea only lukewarm at lunchtime. He yearned for a hot cup of tea for the rest of the day.

Tomorrow we plan to finish off at Dowalton Loch. Strat will take a group to do a recce of Annat Hill while AOC’s Gemma supervises the last bit of survey at Long castle and Charlottesupervises the geophysics at Inner Wood Hill. Please come along and get involved; meet at 9.30am at The Whithorn Story Visitor Centre tomorrow, Friday and Saturday (20th-22nd October). All welcome!

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