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Drove down several motorways from Stirling to Dumfries. Then to Caerlaverock Castle.
What a contrast from Stirling yesterday!
Caerlaverock is the ancient seat of the MAXWELL family and now no more than a splendid ruin in an idyllic settling. Fiona and Rowan had been there in 2006. Situated almost on the sea, south of Dumfries, surrounded by a moat, it was fantastic to wander through the ruin and imagine John's distant ancestors living there! Built in ...
... but we do it and get back to the car with 5 mins to spare. We both wouldn't mind a coffee, but are not willing to pay for more parking plus coffee in the overpriced tourist cafes that are round about, so we decide to head a few miles down the road to Queensferry and our next great sight. I have stayed in South Queensferry a couple of times when visiting Edinburgh (in the much-lamented Forth Bridges Hotel) so I know there's somewhere to park and somewhere to partake. The satnav however ...
... the next cairn in the distance. As it leveled out I thought I had reached the summit, wrong. I had read that this was the case, you kept thinking you had reached the top as you crest a number of false summits, but until you reach the trig point and topping stone you need to keep going. By now the wind stronger than I had ever been in for a sustained period. The loneliness and desolation gave me a strange feeling of euphoria and the cloud cover only helped make this ...
... activities had been planned for us including dinner with members of the local Annan Rotary Club, a Scottish evening arranged by Annan Club, a full day trip to a world heritage site which I didn't go on because I couldn't leave Treacle for 8 hours, a quiz, a trip to a local war time museum and lots of eating and drinking together.
It was a very 'Scottish' rally. On the first night we had dinner with members of the Annan Rotary club followed by a talk by an expert ...
“But the big hills up at the lake helped to make him feel that the houseboat man did not matter. The hills had been there before Captain Flint. They would be there for ever. That, somehow was comforting.”