Day 164 Trains, Buses and Feet to Kir-Coo-Bree

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Glasgow to Kircudbright 

8 miles walked

Silvercraigs Campsite

Maggie dropped me at Glasgow Central Station in good time for the train to Dumfries. It was another lovely day and the 2 hour journey passed quickly as I watched the countryside roll by. We passed through Perth (lovely old buildings on the banks of the river) and Stirling (magnificent castle atop a hill). I had an hour to kill in Dumfries so was able to wander into Robert Burns’ town and see his statue. I also saw the alleyway leading to the brilliantly named Hole I’ The Wa’ Inn.  

Robert Burns’ statue
  
The Hole I’ The Wa’ Inn
 
Back at the well-kept Dumfries Rail Station (winners of the best station award in 1986 and 87) I caught the bus to Twynholm, just North of my final destination, so I would at least get a walk in today.  

Dumfries’ well manicured train station
 It was past lunchtime when I got off the bus and there was a lovely community garden in Twynholm so I stopped to eat my packed lunch (thanks Maggie). I got chatting to a couple of people who were preparing the garden for its 10-year anniversary party this weekend. It did look very well kept.  

Twynholm community garden
 I had 3.5 miles to walk along (mostly) quiet roads to the bridge across the River Dee into Kirkudbright (pronounced Kir-Coo-Bree). 

Kirkudbright across the River Dee (McLellan’s Castle standing proud)
  The town’s sign called it the Artists’ Town and it certainly looked quite cheery in the afternoon sun with its terraced houses painted different pastel shades.  

A Kirkudbright street
 The campsite is on the side of the hill overlooking the town roofs. I pitched my tent and went off to walk around the town. I needed to go to Tourist Information to get a map of the MOD range that’s on the coast and has public access when not in use. I can walk through it tomorrow. I walked past the marked out remnants of Kirkudbright Castle (there’s nothing left of it). It claims to have been quite an important castle in the 13th Century and was a base used by King Edward I of England for his forays into Scotland. These days Kirkudbright is a port where King and Queen scallops are landed and processed to send abroad. 

I walked out of the town and around the 3 mile loop of St Mary’s Isle, a blob of land that sticks out into the Dee Estuary. It was a nice peaceful walk through trees, no great views but nice anyway.  

Looking out of the trees on St Mary’s Isle
 I finished off my day with dinner in the Kirkudbright Bay Hotel. There was only one choice for me on the menu as I felt compelled to eat macaroni cheese and chips at least once before I leave Scotland.  

It’s not a macaroni pie, but it does come with chips for a classic Scottish carbohydrate overload
 Today it felt good to be back walking, back on course and a bonus to be enjoying the best weather in the country at the moment.  

Looking across the River Dee to Kir-Coo-Bree

4 thoughts on “Day 164 Trains, Buses and Feet to Kir-Coo-Bree

  1. chris frazer September 17, 2015 / 3:48 am

    Back in the game……now lets get some miles done…..its all down hill now until Lands End! NOT!!!!! On on Marshal of the Air (Retd).

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    • Lucy September 17, 2015 / 2:15 pm

      Nice to have you back in support Colonel.

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  2. Zephyrine September 17, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    ETA in Morecambe Bay?

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    • Lucy September 17, 2015 / 2:14 pm

      A couple of weeks? Thanks for all of your comments and helpful suggestions about the water. Sorry it’s taken so long to reply. Will be in touch in a few days when I have planned a bit more.

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