Date: 8th June 2018
Travelled: 161 kilometres from Keswick, England to Castle Douglas, Scotland.
Visited: Gretna, Caelaverock Castle £4.80pp, Dumfries and Threave Castle £4.50pp
Stayed: Municipal campsite in Castle Douglas, £25, N54.93630, W03.92929.
Its 4.30 in the morning and the sun has pocked it’s nose up. Feeling a little dusty this morning for some reason. Rolling over the thought of too much lager with Karl last night is quickly dismissed. I roll over and its now 5.30, so I get up to start working on the blog and put the coffee machine on. By 6.30 it’s time to say goodbye to Keswick heading east to Penrith (not that murky place in the western suburbs of Sydney) and make for the Scottish border. We by-pass Carlisle as Karl doesn’t have a kind word to say about and roll across the border in Greta Green.
As it was only 9.30 in the morning, surprisingly no weddings were taking place. Apparently 5,000 couples retake their wedding vows here annually. I asked Pam if she would like to re-new our vows, she checked on the cost stating it’s not in the budget ! So we called into the bakery and picked up a half loaf of wholegrain (not my favourite I can assure you) and a couple of Scottish pancakes which were excellent.
Visiting castles and historic places in the UK is very expensive if you intend doing more than a few. As we are here for a month or more we take a two concessional memberships in the Historic Environment Scotland for £77. This gives us access to all their sites, but I will still list the normal concessional price.
We drive on to Dumfries for lunch…
After lunching we continue west on the A75 for Castle Douglas. Just to save confusion let’s just settle on the fact there is no Castle Douglas at Castle Douglas, however you can visit Castle Threave only 2 miles from Castle Douglas. As we drive into Castle Douglas we find a lovely little campsite on Carlingwark Loch. At £25 its a rip’ but we have not serviced the Hymer for 4 days and things need to be done.
So we scooter back to the Hymer put the scooter on the rack, empty and fill whats needs filling before calling it a day…