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
A sleepy little town curiously full of bookshops, and it turned out to be the book capital of Scotland.
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
St Ninian’s Chapel from about the 1300’s, but still in pretty good condition, and look at those thick walls.
Not the most attractive of lighthouses, but we added it to our collection.
Swings with a view.
Whithorn Priory, founded in the 400s in Whithorn, considered to be Scotland’s oldest Christian settlement.
Not much left of the this fort on top of a hill, so here are the views south east to Point of Leg.
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?
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 CoastalRoadTrip.com
First place, what a winning combination a sheep on a bike with a cuddle me jumper.
Mull of Galloway
The most southerly point of Scotland at the Mull of Galloway lighthouse. And it was super windy! Some directions for you…
Certificates for climbing, amazing views from the top. Unfortunately the photographer missed to include the full lighthouse in the photo… doh! 😉
Finally got our Coastal Road Trip blog online! First 4 days in Wales (Cardiff to Dolgellau), though we're now in Scotland… so more to follow. Check it out: www.coastalroadtrip.com
Julian Sheard on Freitag, 18. August 2017
(not sure why the Facebook text is shown in German here.. I will hopefully work out how to correct)
Old stone lighthouse with a bell tower on Port Logan Pier.
Stormy seas crashing over the rocks at Portpatrick, a larger town than we had expected in this fairly remote area.
A bit of a curious choice of memorial for the MV Princess Victoria sinking.
The Portpatrick Lighthouse at the entrance to the harbour.
The locals keeping an eye on us as we approached Black House Lighthouse.
As close as we could get, as it turned out to be someone’s house.
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.
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
Sweetheart Abbey at New Abbey
Carlise was our last stopping point before crossing the Eden and Esk Rivers into Scotland. The impressive Norman castle and Jarno in the rain.
Carlise Cathedral dating from 1133, just down the road from the 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!
A small but surprisingly elaborate Renaissance castle.
Looking up to the sky from the pit-prison.
Sweetheart Abbey in New Abbey, named after Lady Dervorgilla, its founder who was buried with the heart of her husband.
Freshly cut grass at the abbey.
A quick tour of the The New Abbey Corn Mill.
Views across Carse Bay and the Solway Firth.
An unusual square backed lighthouse sitting among rock pools at Southerness Point.
Our first ice cream in Scotland, and believe it or not, the first ice cream on our coastal road trip.
And plenty of people squeezed on to the beach enjoying the sunshine.
The Orchardton Tower down a small lane. The only roundhouse in Scotland. And we were its only visitors.
Eco views across the Solway Firth from Hazelfield.
And a straw giant in a field by the road…. no we have no idea either.
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.
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 🙂
An old boat on the banks of Kirkcudbright Bay.
Little Ross Lighthouse in the distance.
We came across this fixer-upper on the coastline between Ross and Anwoth, maybe we need a bit of a smaller project.
Built by the McCulloch family in the 1400s. It had already closed for the day, so just viewed from a distance.
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).