The old Bridge of Minnoch in Glen Trool, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland is a beautiful old arched bridge in a remote part of the Galloway Forest Park. To get to the location requires a long walk up and along the Water of Minnoch. Marked on the map below is the small hidden car park where we parked and then walked up the east side of the river to the location of the bridge. The small fisherman’s path along the river gives you wonderful views of the dark waters and pools and eventually you will arrive at this wonderful old arched stone bridge.
The bridge is marked by a small sign “Roman Bridge” but is certainly not Roman but was a 17th/18th century pack horse bridge.
I set up my camera on my tripod and captured a number of long exposures which smoothed out the water and added a mystical atmosphere to the images.
After visiting the Old Bridge of Minnoch we drove further up Glen Trool and visited Bruce’s Stone which is a large granite boulder commemorating Robert the Bruce’s victory in 1307. It is at the top of the hill on the north side of Loch Trool. In 1929 on the 600th anniversary of Bruce’s death, it was placed high above the northern shore of Loch Trool from where legend has it that he had commanded the ambush which took place on the Steps of Trool on the other side of the loch. It also serves as a starting spot for the challenging walk up Merrick (2764 feet), the highest mountain in southern Scotland.
The Battle of Glen Trool was a minor engagement in the Scottish Wars of Independence, fought in April 1307. Glen Trool is a narrow glen in the Southern Uplands of Galloway, Scotland. Loch Trool is aligned on an east-west axis and is flanked on both sides by steep rising hills, making it ideal for an ambush. The battlefield is currently under research to be inventoried and protected by Historic Scotland under the Scottish Historical Environment Policy of 2009.
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