Old Edinburgh Road
Start location: Minnigaff (NX 411 664)
End location: A712 (NX 613 775)
Geographical area: Dumfries and Galloway
Path Type: Pilgrimage Route, Medieval Road, Civil Road
Path distance: 25km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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The route goes from Minnigaff to Kirkland and in a further 1km north-east, where the modern road turns left at NX424673, a section of the old road goes for 3km to meet a forestry road which continues north-east by Loch of the Lowes to Black Loch. Next comes an open section, then go by forest road not quite on the old road to Clatteringshaws. Opposite the visitor centre, the start point is obvious but one is soon faced by forest with no clear route. A bit of exploration reveals a more open section with, perhaps, a very vague route just discernable. Once into the larches the route is apparent and more pleasant to follow to the quarry. Beyond the quarry it is more difficult again. After crossing the A712, the old road can be picked up again at NX570772 and followed east as a forest road to the boundary wall. Beyond the wall there is a long section over open ground where a route may be visible here and there, but it is hard going and roughly parallels the A712 which is never more than 200m to the south.
OS Landranger 77 (Dalmellington to New Galway) and 83 (Newton Stewart & Kirkcudbright area)
Much of the line of the Old Edinburgh Road is still marked on OS maps. Early twentieth century Bartholomew mapping label the route in the vicinity of Clatteringshaws Loch as broken up. It would have seen a huge amount of traffic in medieval Scotland, much of it consisting of pilgrimages to Whithorn Priory. Indeed James IV was a regular pilgrim and so would have used this route. Later it became the coach road to Port Patrick.