Day 11 – Newton Stewart to Stranraer

Day eleven, wow the days are flying by, today we drove 135 miles from Newton Stewart to Stanraer… with quite a bit of rain to keep us company.  Hence, the grey-ness of several of today’s photos.


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, Drummore, Clown Scarecrow
Drummore Scarecrows



Coastal Road Trip, Wigtown
A sleepy little town curiously full of bookshops, and it turned out to be the book capital of Scotland.



Coastal Road Trip, Garlieston
For a small village it had 2 bowling greens, which may have been a good indicator of the towns demographics. Weirdly, according to the price list on the bowling green hut, men are charged more than women to play.


Isle of Whithorn

Coastal Road Trip, Isle of Whithorn, St Ninian's Chapel
St Ninian’s Chapel from about the 1300’s, but still in pretty good condition, and look at those thick walls.
Coastal Road Trip, Isle of Whithorn, Lighthouse
Not the most attractive of lighthouses, but we added it to our collection.
Coastal Road Trip, Isle of Whithorn, Swings
Swings with a view.



Coastal Road Trip, Whithorn Priory
Whithorn Priory, founded in the 400s in Whithorn, considered to be Scotland’s oldest Christian settlement.


Barsalloch Fort

Coastal Road Trip, Barsalloch Fort view
Not much left of the this fort on top of a hill, so here are the views south east to Point of Leg.


Chapel Finian

Coastal Road Trip, Chapel Finian
OK, you’ll have to use your imagination for what this chapel previously looked like.



At the remains of Glenluse Abbey it was so wet and stormy Jarno decided it would be better to stay in the car.  Julian ventured out and took a look around despite a closed sign – maybe due to the weather?



Coastal Road Trip, Drummore, Welcome Scarecrow
On the way to the Mull of Galloway we passed through Drummore, eerily full of scarecrows in costumes, a local competition.  Here are the winners according to
Coastal Road Trip, Drummore, Clown Scarecrow
Third place
Coastal Road Trip, Drummore, Chimney Sweep Scarecrow
Second place
Coastal Road Trip, Drummore, Sheep on bike Scarecrow
First place, what a winning combination a sheep on a bike with a cuddle me jumper.


Mull of Galloway

Coastal Road Trip, Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Sign
The most southerly point of Scotland at the Mull of Galloway lighthouse.  And it was super windy!  Some directions for you…
Coastal Road Trip, Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Certificate, Julian, Jarno
Certificates for climbing, amazing views from the top.  Unfortunately the photographer missed to include the full lighthouse in the photo… doh! 😉

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Port Logan

Coastal Road Trip, Port Logan, Old Stone Lighthouse, Bell tower
Old stone lighthouse with a bell tower on Port Logan Pier.



Coastal Road Trip, Portpatrick, Stormy sea
Stormy seas crashing over the rocks at Portpatrick, a larger town than we had expected in this fairly remote area.
Coastal Road Trip, Portpatrick, MV Princess Victoria Memorial
A bit of a curious choice of memorial for the MV Princess Victoria sinking.
Coastal Road Trip, Portpatrick, Lighthouse
The Portpatrick Lighthouse at the entrance to the harbour.


Black Head

Coastal Road Trip, Black Head, Lighthouse, Cows
The locals keeping an eye on us as we approached Black House Lighthouse.
Coastal Road Trip, Black Head Lighthouse
As close as we could get, as it turned out to be someone’s house.


Corsewall Point

Coastal Road Trip, Corsewall Point Lighthouse
Yes, it does look similar to the other lighthouses painted yellow and white, but it is a different one, honest.  Corsewall Point Lighthouse seemed to be a hotel, but mysteriously no one was around… so we left, and headed to Stranraer for the night.


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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 🙂


Photo of the day

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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