Medieval Sculpture at Caerlaverock Castle

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Carlisle and drove round the Solway Firth, across the Scottish Border to our first stop at the 13th century Caerlaverock Castle which has connections with Clan Maxwell. We also visited the foundations of an earlier, 10th century castle located nearby.

Caerlaverock Castle, Scotland

Caerlaverock Castle, Scotland

Next we drove to visit the Twelve Apostles Stone Circle near Dumfries. This site proved difficult to find and is not signposted. However, our endeavours were rewarded as the field had just been mowed for hay thus providing easy access. This is the 5th largest stone circle on Mainland Scotland.

Twelve Apostles Stone Circle, Scotland

Next, we drove N.W. traversing some superb scenery mainly comprising the Glenken Hills. Here we passed through lush green rolling hills with sheep, cattle and horses, pretty villages, defunct railways, a redundant mine, forests and commercial tree plantations with enjoyment aided by bright sunshine.

We duly arrived at our destination of Culzean Castle at 2.00pm, had lunch and then visited the castle. Again, weather remained favourable.

Gardens at Culzean Castle, Scotland

Culzean Castle, Scotland

Finally, we drove into the town of Ayr for shopping prior to checking into our lodgings. We also availed of a short walk along the extensive, sandy beach.

Ayr Beach, Scotland

Tomorrow, we tour around the Clyde Coast finishing in Paisley.

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