After two weeks of clear skies the day started with pouring
rain, but it stopped and we got a fairly dry expedition apart
from the trees dripping on us.
We had eight explorers: Amie MacMaster, Carol-Anne, David
John, Iain, John Donaldson, Lucy MacMillan, Robert and Robin,
with David and John MacMillan as helpers.
During the expedition the explorers collected material which
they examined afterwards with the new microscope, although
most found it all to complicated to draw. We started from
the Mingarry Bridge and walked up the path to the top gate;
then we headed east along the burn to the house which I call
the Blacksmith's House. After a short snack we carried on
down the burn to the start of the long dyke where we all crossed
the fence. We climbed through the larch plantation, keeping
close to the dyke until we reached the line of old oak trees.
Here we crossed the dyke and, following a branch dyke, climbed
up to the top of the hill where we rested again on a wall
which could have been a place for catching cattle. Crossing
the wall we looked at a series of old houses all round the
top of the hill, crossing the fence once more at the top of
the 'Blacksmith's Croft'. Then we crossed back to the gate
and down the path to Mingarry Bridge.John Dye