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  • Day117

    Farewell Scotland

    October 12, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Of course we had an overcast but not a rainy departure from Scotland via Gretna Green this morning as we headed down to Windermere in the Lake District. They've had a lot of rain here- maybe we'll see Beatrix Potter's little Puddle Duck! Before arriving we stopped at Aira Force to hike into the falls.

  • Day266

    Lochmaben Armistice Day

    November 11 in the United Kingdom

    Rain didn’t stop folks turning out to remember the fallen.

  • Day2

    Gretna Green

    September 7 in the United Kingdom

    Weiter ging's für uns nach Gretna Green. Für Hochzeitsflüchtlinge war Gretna Green das Las Vegas Schottlands: Im 18. Jahrhundert traute hier der Schmied junge Paare an seinem Amboss, die in England nicht legal heiraten konnten (z.B. fehlende Zustimmung der Eltern) und deswegen nach Schottland flohen. Das haben wir doch glatt auch mal ausprobiert 🤣.

  • Day2

    Caerlaverock Castle

    September 7 in the United Kingdom

    Was wäre eine Schottlandreise ohne Burgruinen? Mit Caerlaverock Castle haben wir gleich am ersten Tag eine wunderschöne, dreieckige Ruine gefunden. Anschließend ging es hungrig, aber sehr zufrieden nach Glasgow zu unserer heutigen Unterkunft.

  • Day35

    Travel to Belfast day 35 Sun 27 May 2018

    May 27 in the United Kingdom

    Another dry and windy day. After breakfast left the Red Townhouse in Penrith Cumbria, drove towards Cairnryan. As we had some time available I stopped at Cardoness Castle and took a couple of photos. On the other side of the road was a path following a canal to a wider spot called Port Macadam where goods were loaded onto small cargo sailing ships before steam railways. Continued on to Stranraer where we had lunch with unusual dark headed seagulls. Drove on to Cairnryan Stena ferry terminal and the car travelled on deck 3. Saw busses on deck 5. We found seating on deck 8 and could see Ireland as soon as the ferry reached the end of the bay. Drove to All Seasons Guesthouse on arrival in Belfast Northern Ireland. Difficult off street parking. Purchased a Ireland roadmap guide after dinner.Read more

  • Day47

    Drumlanrig Castle day 47 Fri 8 Jun 2018

    June 8 in the United Kingdom

    Cloudy day, slept in to 7.35am and breakfast at 8.15am with an English couple who were starting a walking holiday but the husband had back issues. Drove to Drumlanrig Castle along some narrow roads dodging the odd loaded timber truck going the other way. Drumlanrig Castle is on the 90,000 acre Queensbury Estate in Dumfries and Galloway Scotland. This is real life Monarch of the Glen. We passed a couple of farm hands on the drive in on quad bikes both with six border collies on board. Later at the Castle the farm hands and the dogs herded a mob of at least 100 sheep past the Castle to a new pasture about half a mile beyond the Castle. A highlight for Yvonne. In addition a loaded timber truck drove by the car park soon after we arrived. The 40 acres of formal gardens as well as the Renaissance style exterior of Drumlanrig Castle were outstanding. We had lunch in the cafe and walked five kilometres along marked forest trails. The exterior of the building as well as the living rooms and bedrooms became Bellhurst Manor slept in by Bonnie Prince Charlie on his way north to Culloden in the Outlander series. Drove to Sanquhar to the Nithsdale Hotel. Had a Knickerbocker Glory (Icecream Sunday with fruits) for dessert.Read more

  • Day4

    Wellcome Scotland

    August 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    8:00 Uhr aufgestanden, draussen gefrühstückt bei 16Grad/Schatten und 26Grad in der Sonne
    9:30 Uhr los Richtung Gretna Green
    Zwischendurch leider Stau, um 13:00 Uhr in Gretna angekommen
    Der Hochzeitshype schlechthin auf der Insel. Aber sehr nett gemacht
    Dann weiter über Dumfries zur "Sweatheart Abbey"
    Gut erhaltene Ruine mit tollem Friedhof.
    Gegen 16:30 auf den Campingplatz in der Sandyhills Bay. Schöner Ausblick, tolle Bucht und Strand, 20£ die Nacht
    Abends draussen gegessen 16Grad und Sonnig

    Heute 281km gefahren

    Ann: Wunderschöner Tag, abgerundet mit einem langen Spaziergang am Meer entlang. Da Ebbe war, konnten wir tolle Steinformationen sehen und sind in einer Höhle gelandet. Leider konnten wir nicht weiter rein, da wir keine Taschenlampe dabei hatten.
    Nun sitzen wir im Womo und geniessen die Aussicht auf die Bucht.....einfach nur Traumhaft schön.
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  • Day9

    Day7. Daer reservoir to Moffat

    July 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    In preparation for a long day we breakfasted at 7 am and as suggested by Rab & Rachel we were driven to Daer Reservoir. "Walking from Overfingland to Daer Reservoir is no worth the effort"
    We commenced walking at 8-15 and in two hours we had walked the roller coaster over Sweetshaw Brae(448m), Hod's Hill (567m) and Beld Knowe (507m). There are a
    an incredible amount of wind turbines in this area.(magnify the photo). Then followed the long descent where we shed all the height down a forest fire trail. The walking was reasonably good and with my trusty app we had no problems following the path.
    Lunch was taken in Brattleburn Bothy. Heaven! Chairs to sit on. Two Aussies from Tasmania had made the last log entry 3 days ago(see photo). They had lots of saws here.
    A climb over Craig Hill (360m) followed before the terrain levelled off.
    We met two females walkers and their dog out for a ramble who told us the going was easy to Moffat.
    In case you think we are superhuman the total ascent for all the climbs was about 750 ms
    We hit the so/called Crooked Road and then followed 5kms on Tarmac. Thankfully the girls met us about 1 1/2!kms from town and gave us a lift. We had nearly drunk all our water and were a little dehydrated on this hot.long walk.
    Rest day tomorrow.
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  • Day1

    Day 1 Portpatrick to Castle Kennedy

    July 11, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    The first stage of the walk was along the cliffs to the Killantringan lighthouse, which involved descents to Two coves where we picked up a stone to throw in the sea. In Dunbar. Nothing too dramatic in contrast to the SWCP.
    From there we turned inland for about an hour on Tarmac. Not too happy.
    Today's walk was a 2 bog day which we encounter for about 1/2 hour. It must be funny watching us tip toe through it. It did not compare to the Pennine Way.
    Two Scots cowboys on buggies were rounding up sheep and for a moment we thought we would be trampled in the stampede.
    Then a considerable section of Tarmac walking. During this stage we were stopped by a lady who invited us in for a bit of Scottish hospitality. Tea, cheese and chocolate bickies. We spent an hour with Jannis and Ian. As we left another couple of walkers arrived and received the same hospitality. Really lovely moment.
    More Tarmac walking until we entered the forest.This change was too much and we got lost.
    We reached Castle Kennedy in time for our pick-up and our overnight stay in Stranraer.
    We would not recommend this stage.
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  • Day2

    Day 2. Castle Kennedy to New Luce

    July 12, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Another lovely day for walking. Dropped at St Castle Kennedy we walked about 1km to the gardens where spent an hour. Really great gardens covering 76 acres but we only saw a fraction. After a Scottish cream tea we commenced walking on Tarmac.only a short distance before we entered a field that the cows had really chewed up. Then we crossed the bog on a dyke which reduced the amount of wet periods. Not too bad. We entered a forest and some pleasant walking. crossing a field two friendly lambs welcomed us and were very inquisitive.
    The final 2 kms into New Luce were on Tarmac.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Dumfries and Galloway, DGY, Dùn Phrìs is Gall-Ghàidhealaibh

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