Johnnie Turner's Monument
We have our own walking leaflet, for walks starting and finishing at Low Kirkbride, and there are many walks further afield, one of the best being to Johnnie Turner's Monument.
Johnnie Turner was a 'travelling man' who lived in the late 1700's and early 1800's, making horn spoons and forks. He decided when he died that he would like to be buried on top of the Bennan Hill above the Glen Farm at Shawhead, which commands wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. He obtained permission, dug his own grave and ordered his tombstone. He died 1st December 1841, but the monument, as the photo shows, is still in good condition after all this time, though the inscription is not easy to read.
We are really fortunate in having a lot of good art and architecture in Dumfries and Galloway, and close to Low Kirkbride we have the Queensberry Marbles at Durideer Church, as well as the Open Air Museum of sculptures by Rodin, Epstein and Henry Moore at Glenkiln, just six miles away.
Super routes in really quiet countryside. Bike hire and a lockable shed for bikes. Keir Mill, where the Bicycle was invented, is six miles away and we are half a mile from the KM Trail.
Thornhill has an 18-Hole park and heathland course set in lovely scenery, only eight miles away.
Sanquhar has a 9-Hole parkland course with good views about twenty miles away.
Both courses welcome visitors. There are many other excellent courses in the locality; Dumfries & Galloway Tourist Board have a Golf passport scheme giving reduced rate access for three of five days to most local courses.
We have free Trout Fishing on our stretch of land beside the River Cairn.
There is Salmon and Sea Trout fishing on the River Nith within two miles, there are various Brown Trout lochs within five miles and a Rainbow Trout loch half a mile away.
Pony trekking just six miles away - beautiful trekking routes far from the madding crowd. Bring your own horse or pony - we have good airy and roomy loose boxes.