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Whithorn Parish Church

This church is situated very near the ruins of Whithorn Priory. It’s very Presbyterian in appearance.

Whithorn Parish Church Exterior

The interior has some stained glass windows:-

Stained Glass in Whithorn Parish Church

Whithorn Priory

Whithorn Priory was a mediæval Priory in Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway. The area was once the cradle of Christianity in Scotland but the building is now a ruin.

The bringer of Christianity, St Ninian, died in Whithorn and is thought to have been buried here, the Priory growing up around his shrine.

Remains of Priory from access lane:-

Whithorn Priory

Whithorn Priory

Information board:-

Information Board, Whithorn Priory

Interior:-

Whithorn Priory, Interior

Interior, Whithorn Priory

Carved stone in grounds:-

Carved Stone at Whithorn Priory

Doorway:-

Doorway, Whithorn Priory

Detail:-

Whithorn Priory, Detail on Doorway

Exterior ruins:-

Whithorn Priory, Exterior Ruins

Whithorn

And so on our journey through Dumfries and Galloway it was on to Whithorn.

Whithorn has an important place in Scottish history as it was the location of the first Christian Church in Scotland after St Ninian crossed over from Ireland in the year 397 or thereabouts and the ruins of the mediæval Whithorn Priory stand in the town.

Architecturally Whithorn is a typical small Scottish town with stone built houses. I wasn’t really expecting any Art Deco but it does pop up in unlikely places.

Charles Coid, Butcher:-
There is a hint of eastern influence to this but the date in the cartouche is 1934 – slap bang in deco times – the geometric surround to the proprietor’s name with its mosaic construction and the towered roof line give it the look.

Art Deco Style in Whithorn

What looks like an old Woolworths; now houses “The Whithorn Story”:-

Old Woolworths, Whithorn

Georgian house:-

Georgian House, Whithorn

Memorial plaque to George Dickie, “Jack Brent,” member of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War:-

Spanish Civil War Veteran Memorial, Whithorn

Pend leading to Whithorn Priory:-

Pend Leading to Whithorn Priory

The coat of arms above it is the Royal Arms of Scotland:-

Coat of Arms, Whithorn Pend

Priory side of pend:-

Pend in Whithorn, Priory Side

Shutters on pend windows:-

Shutters on Pend Windows, Whithorn

Carsluith Castle

Carsluith Castle is a ruined tower house which lies beside the A 75 a few miles south-east of Creetown in Dumfries and Galloway.

Its car park also doubles as one for the cafe/restaurant which occupies what was once its courtyard:-

Carsluith Castle, Dumfries and Galloway

Carsluith Castle

Carsluith Castle from side

Carsluith Castle Upper Levels

“Battlements”:-

Carsluith Castle "Battlements"

Cardoness Castle

Cardoness Castle stands on a promontory overlooking the Fleet estuary near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway.

As I recall there’s quite a steep though short climb from the car park at the side of the road up to the castle.

Cardoness Castle, Gatehouse of Fleet

Cardoness Castle

Interior:-

Cardoness Castle Interior

The lintel here makes a good perch!

Cardoness Castle Interior + Bird

Cardoness Castle Ruins

Fleet estuary from top of castle:-

Fleet estuary, Dumfries and Galloway

Gatehouse of Fleet. (I’ve posted pictures of the village before):-

Gatehouse of Fleet

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 56: Mutehill

This is possibly more moderne than Deco. A house off the A 711, just south of Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway.

It’s possibly very recently built.

The White House Mutehill

Art Deco Style. The White House Mutehill

The White House Mutehill, Art Deco Style House

Dundrennan Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway

Dundrennan Abbey was the place where Mary, Queen of Scots spent her last night in Scotland before fleeing over the Solway Firth to England, imprisonment and eventual execution. She didn’t sleep in the Abbey itself but in the commendator’s house in the west range.

Dundrennan Abbey from the car park:-

Dundrennan Abbey in Dumfries and Galloway

Dundrennan Abbey ruins from side:-

Dundrennan Abbey Ruins From Side

Walls and west range:-

Dundrennan Abbey, Walls

Arches:-

Dundrennan Abbey, Arches

More Arches, Dundrennan Abbey

Choir screen – now detached and situated in the west range:-

Dundrennan Abbey Choir Screen

Carved graveslab:-

Dundrennan Abbey, Carved Graveslab

Orchardton Tower

Dumfries and Galloway is littered with historical remains. Orchardton Tower is a free-standing round tower, the only one of its kind in Scotland, probably because it was built about two hundred years after the fashion for such towers was at its peak. The tower is now in the care of Historic Scotland.

Orchardton Tower

Orchardton Tower

Orchardton Tower, Dumfries and Galloway

Information board:-

Orchardton Tower Information Board

Interior:-

Orchardton Tower, Interior

Interior from tower summit:-

Orchardton Tower Interior

There’s a peculiar small ‘house’ at the top of the staircase:-

Orchardton Tower Summit

External ruins from tower summit:-

Orchardton Tower Ruins From Tower  Summit

MacLellan’s Castle, Kirkcudbright, Again

In December 2017 I posted two photos of this castle.

Last May we were in Kirkcudbright again and I got two more shots:-

MacLellan's Castle, Kirkcudbright

Internal staircase:-

Internal Staircase, MacLellan's Castle, Kirkcudbright

Threave Garden

Threave Garden lies just to the west of Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway and are in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

The gardens are lovely, well worth a visit.

Burn at Threave Gardens

Pond and Japanese bridge:-

Japanese Bridge + Pond

Japanese bridge (Threave House behind):-

Japanese Bridge

Japanese Bridge from approaches:-

Japanese Bridge, Threave Gardens

Cascade:-

cascade at Threave Gardens

I took a video of the cascade to get the full efefct:-

Cascade, Threave Gardens

Threave House. I believe this is used as administration offices, now:-

Threave House, Threave Gardens

Fuller view:-

Threave House, Fuller View

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