Every second Tuesday our group goes for a walk and last Tuesday it was just over the Garvock to St.Cyrus.
Some of our walkers are from St.Cyrus and were there to welcome us on arrival at the car park next to the bowling club premises.
Some 31 members in total, split up into two groups of 20 and 11 and walked up to Ecclesgreig Castle, where prior permission had been granted to walk in the grounds, as the official Snowdrop Trail walk, open to the public, had closed only two days earlier.
The path passes the front of the castle through gardens with flower beds, trees shaped by topiary, a selection of statues and a couple of gazebos all sadly in need of some TLC. Moving on from there, we walked down the original drive for a short distance then along past an ornamental lake to where greenhouses would have been and the walled garden.
Further on we came upon an old burial ground where most of the memorial stones are horizontal with circular section granite crosses surmounting the stones. We then re-joined the drive and were only a few metres into the walk when no less than five roe deer crossed our path and made off across the field.
The next hour was spent wandering round St.Cyrus seeing where the old railway station was, crossing the railway bridge and round past the church and the school to complete a circular tour past the hall and the hotel and re-join the other group.
They had just completed over six miles but had chosen to walk from the castle to the beach area.
The castle itself is built on the site of a 16th century fortified Laird’s house known as Mount or St.Cyrus house. In 1844 a castellated mansion house began to be constructed with influence by Gillespie Graham, famous for other buildings in Montrose, Fife and Cambusnethan Priory at Wishaw. The name Ecclesgreig is latin for Church of Gregory or Church Grig. Grig was a Pictish king and Gregory a Pope and the estate is believed to be over 1000 years old. Unfortunately, the castle is now in a serious state of deterioration. The next walk is at Crathes and the bus will leave the Burgh Buildings 10am.