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Kirkinner War Memorial

Kirkinner is in the former Wigtownshire area of Dumfries and Galloway a few miles south of Wigtown itself.

Its War Memorial is in the form of a large (mortared) cairn embossed with a circular shield and is inscribed, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men of this parish who fell in the Great War 1914-1919.” Below the names it reads, “1914 Their name liveth for ever 1919.”

Kirkinner War Memorial

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


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


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


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

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 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

Auchencairn War Memorial

Auchencairn is a village in the historical county of Kirkcudbrightshire in Dumfries and Galloway.

Auchencairn War Memorial

Side View:-

Auchencairn War Memorial Side View


Names, Auchencairn War Memorial

Sweetheart Abbey

Sweetheart Abbey, or the Abbey of Dulce Cor, is in the village of New Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway (once Kirkcudbrightshire.) It was founded in 1275.

Sweetheart Abbey, New Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway

It seems to be our fate to visit historical monuments when they are swathed in scaffolding:-

Sweetheart Abbey stitch

Part of Sweetheart Abbey

Archway in Abbey grounds:-

Archway, Sweetheart Abbey


Sweetheart Abbey Interior

Upper colonnade:-

Sweetheart Abbey, Interior Colonnade


Sweetheart Abbey, Window

Rear Window:-

Sweetheart Abbey, Rear Window

New Abbey War Memorial

New Abbey is in Dumfries and Galloway. The Memorial lies by the grounds of Sweetheart Abbey.

Its War Memorial is a stone Cross with inlaid sword on a square base. Inscribed, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men of this parish and district who fell in the Great War.”

New Abbey War Memorial


Names, New Abbey War Memorial

New Abbey War Memorial, Names

Inscription on Memorial’s reverse. “1914-1919”:-

1914-1919, New Abbey War Memorial

V C Dedication to Pte James MacKenzie:-

V C Dedication, Pte James MacKenzie

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