It was John Kearney who first suggested that a visit to Kirkconnell Linn saying it would provide me with a good opportunity for photographs and video, John spent his childhood in the village of Ringford and he told me this was one of the places he would visit on a regular basis. This Kirkconnell should not be confused with the one in Dumfriesshire close to Sanquhar.
Not wanting to miss out on the opportunity of visiting what sounded like a good location it was out with my OS map and off I went in search of Kirkconnell Linn.
In Ringford you take the A762, locally known as the Laurieston Road, during the summer I was in Northumbira and on several occasions drove on B class roads which were like motorways compared to some of the A roads in rural Galloway.
The Linn is not signposted in any way but is relatively easy to find. After the turn off for Barstobrick look out for a large lay by on the left hand side of the road, this is where you will park. After parking your car continue to walk along the main road until you come to a farm road on the left at Beoch Bridge, this is the road you will now walk on for part of your journey to the linn. Remember the country code when you are out and about, you are walking on working farm land so be aware there may be livestock in the fields so leave all gates as you find them. As you walk up this farm road you will be able to hear the water flowing in the burn and on your left see the trees that line it’s edge. If you use the road for most of your journey you will find it much easier. When you come to a couple of bends in the road start to make your way across the field towards the trees, the choice of footwear is important for this trek as the ground you will have to cross can be wet especially after a lot of rain which is when you would want to pay a visit to the linn.
The water that comes down the burn has came from Loch Mannoch and will eventually become the Water of Tarff. It goes without saying to take care when out on this type of walk, there are a lot of steep bankings and the ground is rough in places. If you decide to go on your own make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you expect to be back, remember you will not always have a phone signal. I would allow a couple of hours if you intend to take photographs.
John was correct, Kirkconnell Linn is well worth a visit.