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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 ...
... some cash in exchange for a voucher. During breakfast Stu takes exception to Eamon Holmes' interviewing technique on Sky News showing on the flat-screen TV nearby and tweets a mildly derogatory comment. This gets picked up and refuted by one of Eamon/Sky's minions and Stu is quickly embroiled in a multi-person twitter flamefest, which we find highly amusing.
Breakfast despatched we're back on the M1 for Newcastle and the first target for today, the Angel of the North. ...
Tues. Went to reghed and had look around. Rohan went to football match Carlisle United. I went Out to pub in Stainton for dinner. Wednesday, met up with family for lunch at the Sportsman inn, had a great afternoon. In the evening went to the local pub for a quiz evening. Thursday. Went on the Ullswater steamer, for a ride up the Lake. Beautiful scenery but rather chilly. Fish and chips for ...
... 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 ...
... year and I thought was the highlight of the evening. Then on the final night we were piped into dinner by a guy in full regalia and then had a (mercifully) short 15 minutes of piping before our meal. I have come to the conclusion that whilst I like the bag pipes, they are best heard outdoors.
Over one meal I was talking to someone from Annan and they told me of a farming and countryside store near Dumfries which had a good selection of wellies so the the 'great ...