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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

Threave Castle

Threave Castle sits on an island in the River Dee near the town of Castle Douglas (see here and here) in Dumfries and Galloway.

There’s a fairly long walk from the car park and visitor centre to the landing area to get the boat across the river to the castle.

The walk is circular and this photo was taken on the way back to the car park:-

Threave Castle From Circular Path

Castle across River Dee:-

Threave Castle

The river apparently isn’t very deep but Historic Scotland (in whose care the castle is) is careful about how you cross. You can see the island’s jetty to the right here:-

Threave Castle

Threave Castle closer View:-

Threave Castle, Closer in

Exterior of Tower:-

Threave Castle, Exterior of Tower

Arrowslits in exterior wall:-

Threave Castle, Exterior Wall Arrowslits

Inside the tower:-

Window in Threave Castle

A model of the castle is in the case in the centre:-

Threave Castle Interior

Castle model:-

Model of Threave Castle

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 48: Tongland Power Station

Not the sort of thing you really expect to come across on rounding a corner in rural Scotland. An Art Deco/Modernist Power Station.

Tongland Power Station, part of the Galloway hydro-electric power scheme, is in Dumfries and Galloway on the A711 between Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright.

Tongland Power Station, Dumfries and Galloway

Frontage:-

Tongland Power Station Front Elevation

Reverse view:-

Tongland Power Station, Reverse View

Vehicle entrance gates:-

Tongland Power Station Gates

Detached building and what looks like a huge water tank:-

Part of Tongland Power Station

Castle Douglas War Memorial

This simple pillar with carved surmount stands at the western approaches to the town on a roundabout where the A 745 joins the A 713.

Castle Douglas War Memorial

1914-1919 Dedication. Their Name Liveth for Evermore:-

Castle Douglas War Memorial Dedication

Reverse view looking towards the town:-

Castle Douglas War Memorial

WW2 Dedication and names:-

Castle Douglas War Memorial WW2 Dedication and Names

Great War names. This set includes a Croix de Guerre recipient, John J O’Haire, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. He was also awarded the Military Medal (British) and Medaille Militaire (French.) He’s buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery:-

Castle Douglas War Memorial WW1 Names

Great War names, second panel:-

WW1 Nmaes, Castle Douglas War Memorial

Art Deco – and more – in Castle Douglas

Castle Douglas is a small town in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. (I have seen the town’s name translated into French as Chateau Sans Chien. You have to be Scottish to get this. Castle Dug-less.) It has quite a few examples of more or less deco style.

Nikos Greek Restaurant:-

Nikos, Castle Douglas

Door detail, Nikos Greek Restaurant:-

Door Detail, Nikos, Castle Douglas

A former bank now a kids (clothes?) shop:-

Former Bank, Castle Douglas

Fine carved detailing round and above door on former bank:-

Door Detail, Former Bank, Castle Douglas

Telephone Exchange. Pity the windows’ eyes are poked out on this building:-

Castle Douglas Telephone Exchange

Castle Douglas Library is housed in a rather fine old building:-

Castle Douglas Library

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