Day 10 – Carlise to Newton Stewart

Today we entered Scotland!  Driving from Carlise to Newton Stewart, and had much better weather.  As soon as we entered Scotland we got sunshine 🙂


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Coastal Road Trip, New Abbey, Sweetheart Abbey, Lawnmower
Sweetheart Abbey at New Abbey



Coastal Road Trip, Carlise Castle
Carlise was our last stopping point before crossing the Eden and Esk Rivers into Scotland.  The impressive Norman castle and Jarno in the rain.
Coastal Road Trip, Carlise, Be Just And Fear Not
Good point!
Coastal Road Trip, Carlise Cathedral
Carlise Cathedral dating from 1133, just down the road from the castle.



Coastal Road Trip, Caerlaverock Castle
Our first stop in Scotland at the medieval Caerlaverock Castle.  We also became members of Historic Scotland, as it looked like the route ahead would probably include many castles and historic sites!
Coastal Road Trip, Caerlaverock Castle Interior
A small but surprisingly elaborate Renaissance castle.
Coastal Road Trip, Caerlaverock Castle, Pit-Prison
Looking up to the sky from the pit-prison.


New Abbey

Coastal Road Trip, New Abbey, Sweetheart Abbey
Sweetheart Abbey in New Abbey, named after Lady Dervorgilla, its founder who was buried with the heart of her husband.
Coastal Road Trip, New Abbey, Sweetheart Abbey, Lawnmower
Freshly cut grass at the abbey.
Coastal Road Trip, New Abbey, The New Abbey Corn Mill
A quick tour of the The New Abbey Corn Mill.


Carse Bay

Coastal Road Trip, Carse Bay
Views across Carse Bay and the Solway Firth.



Coastal Road Trip, Southerness Lighthouse
An unusual square backed lighthouse sitting among rock pools at Southerness Point.



Coastal Road Trip, Rockcliffe, Ice cream, Julian, Jarno
Our first ice cream in Scotland, and believe it or not, the first ice cream on our coastal road trip.
Coastal Road Trip, Rockcliffe Beach
And plenty of people squeezed on to the beach enjoying the sunshine.


Orchardton Tower

Coastal Road Trip, Orchardton Tower, Jarno
The Orchardton Tower down a small lane.  The only roundhouse in Scotland.  And we were its only visitors.



Coastal Road Trip, Hazelfield, Solway Firth view
Eco views across the Solway Firth from Hazelfield.
Coastal Road Trip, Hazelfield, Straw giant
And a straw giant in a field by the road…. no we have no idea either.



Coastal Road Trip, Dundrennan Abbey
Dundrennan Abbey was closed by the time we arrived but fortunately it towered above the walls, so we could easily take a quick look around from the outside.



Coastal Road Trip. Kirkcudbright
Kirkcudbright town viewed from across the bay, with MacLellan’s Castle under a bit of renovation.  We had pie and chips for dinner as a little arrival treat in Scotland 🙂
Coastal Road Trip. Kirkcudbright, boat wreck
An old boat on the banks of Kirkcudbright Bay.


Little Ross

Coastal Road Trip, Little Ross Lighthouse
Little Ross Lighthouse in the distance.



Costal Road Trip, Fixer-upper
We came across this fixer-upper on the coastline between Ross and Anwoth, maybe we need a bit of a smaller project.


Cardoness Castle

Coastal Road Trip, Cardoness Castle
Built by the McCulloch family in the 1400s.  It had already closed for the day, so just viewed from a distance.


Cairnholly Chambered Cairns

Coastal Road Trip, Cairnholly Chambered Cairns
And finally, glowing in the evening sun, an ancient burial ground and meeting place from 4-6,000 years ago!  Jarno couldn’t open the gate (the gate was newer).


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2 thoughts on “Day 10 – Carlise to Newton Stewart

  1. Can’t believe you left it till Scotland before your first icecream.
    Kirkcudbright looks nice, another one for my holiday list.

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