Day 31 – Return from Lake District, UK (day3)

Backpacking to Stranraer, Scotland
21 May to 26 June 2014 (37days)
(L-R) Norman, Carol, Pauline, Allan, Betty, Kee Moon, Catherine, Ching





Day 31 (20.06.2014 Fri) – Return journey from Lake District, UK

From Swallow Barn, Loweswater we got onto road A66 to B5291 to 591 to A595 for visiting St. Mary's Church, Beaumont on
the Roman 'Hadrian's Wall'. Get on to road M6 to A74 to visit Lockerbie Garden of Remembrance. 

Had lunch at Cafe Dargavel and then on road A75 visiting Castle Douglas for the best ice-cream and walked to Sulwath Beer brewery for beer and then to Kirkcudbright harbour. 

Stopped at Norman’s house in Newton Steward for tea and continued our journey and had dinner at Bar 12 in Stranraer and then back to Alistair’s house.

Sleeping: Shambley Residence, Millfield Avenue, Stranraer. Temp: min.12 – max.18°C


In the morning we had a talk with the owner (left) of Swallow Barn.

The beautiful Herdwick sheep escorted us out of Swallow Barn, Lake District.

The Herdwick is a breed of domestic sheep native to the Lake District of Cumbria in NW England. Herdwicks are prized for their robust health and their tendency to be territorial and not to stray over the difficult upland terrain of the Lake District.

The wool quality of a Herdwick has thick bristle type fibres will often protrude from garments forming a protective barrier layer in blizzards that protect the sheep in similar conditions. They have been known to survive under a blanket of snow for 3 days while eating their own wool.



The original 13th century Church was built using predominantly sandstone left from the Roman 'Hadrian's Wall', and it has been adapted and extended several times over the centuries since that date.

When the Normans arrived they constructed a motte and bailey as a vantage point to repel invasion from the Scots. A castle of the Le Brun family, Lords of Beaumont, was set on the motte and eventually became St Mary’s Church.

The organ in the church is a single keyboard with pedals powered by bellows be pumped by hand till 1970 when an electric blower was installed.

The unique wooden roof of the St Mary’s Church, Beaumont, UK



Originally built as a house for the cemetery caretaker, in 2003 eight Trustees was formed and with money awarded by the Lockerbie Trust the building was developed into a centre for the local community, visitors to Lockerbie and to the Memorial Garden.


The path to the Lockerbie Garden of Remembrance and Memorial.


Lockerbie Air Disaster Memorial





How about this for lunch at Cafe Dargavel.

We had lunch at this Cafe Dargavel.


The Crown Hotel on the street of Castle Douglas, Scotland.

The Public Libary, Castle Douglas, Scotland.

The Clydesdale Bank, Castle Douglas.



The Toffee shop at 109 King Street, Castle Douglas.

It specialises in a wide range of chocolates, shortbread and have a full range of ice cream produced by Glen Urr Farmhouse Ice Creams.

Still eating ice cream on King Street of Castle Douglas, Scotland.

The clock tower on King Street of Castle Douglas, Scotland.



Met the brewer, sample the ales and witness the care and skill that goes into preparing traditionally crafted ales. First established in February 1996, Sulwath Brewery takes great pride in the production of products which are brewed traditionally using only 100 percent natural ingredients.

Once you have found your favorites take advantage of the chance to buy them from the onsite shop at a discounted price.

Kee Moon and Norman tasting the beer.

Entry to the micro-brewery and visitor centre includes the tasting of Sulwath's bestselling cask ales such as Criffel and Knockendoch, and the brewery's own range of seasonal and specialty beers.

Hops are the female flowers of the hop plant that are used as a flavoring and stability agent in beer to which they impart a bitter and tangy flavour.


Tours of the brewery are available 6 days a week from 1pm and a beer garden is located to the rear of the brewery which you can enjoy after the tour with one of our original beers.

Kirkcudbright town lies southwest of Castle Douglas and Dalbeattie, in the part of Dumfries and Galloway known as the Stewartry, at the mouth of the River Dee, some six miles from the sea.
MacLellan's Castle in the town of Kirkcudbright was built in the late 16th century. It stands in the centre of Kirkcudbright, on the south side of the River Dee which flows into the Solway Firth.

Kirkcudbright Harbour is the busiest commercial fishing harbour in Dumfries and Galloway.
Much of the landed catch being processed locally, and is regularly used by around 12 local fishing vessels.
Wooden statue in Kirkcudbright harbour - memory of loved ones lost at sea.
Stopped at Norman’s house at Newton Steward for tea.
Nice view of the surrounding houses from Norman's house.
We had tea in the garden with beautiful flowers.

Bar 12 opened in June 2007 is situated in the heart of Stranraer next to Hanover Square Car Park. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere is relaxing and the food is all homemade and is delicious.






Click below to view daily adventures:
Day 01 (21.05.2014 Wed) – MH16 KUL/AMS 2355hr – 0655hr on 22May
Day 02 (22.05.2014 Thr) – Amsterdam City, Holland
Day 03 (23.05.2014 Fri) – Amsterdam Zaanse Schans Village (21km)
Day 04 (24.05.2014 Sat) – KL.1477R AMS/GLA 1535hr - 1605hr Glasgow Airport
Day 05 (25.05.2014 Sun) – Stranraer, Scotland
Day 06 (26.05.2014 Mon) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan
Day 07 (27.05.2014 Tue) – Portpatrick and Mull of Galloway Lighthouse (58km)
Day 08 (28.05.2014 Wed) – Lide supermarket (2.8km) and Museum
Day 09 (29.05.2014 Thu) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (56km)
Day 10 (30.05.2014 Fri) – Kirkland Fishery Farm in Leswalt (4.6km)
Day 11 (31.05.2014 Sat) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (60km)
Day 12 (01.06.2014 Sun) – Trekking 20.8km Loch Ryan Coastal Path
Day 13 (02.06.2014 Mon) – A free and easy rest day
Day 14 (03.06.2014 Tue) – To Robert Burns Cottage at Alloway (78km)
Day 15 (04.06.2014 Wed) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan
Day 16 (05.06.2014 Thu) – A trip to the Giant Causeway (153km) by coach
Day 17 (06.06.2014 Fri) – Trekking 4km Ardwell Pond, Ardwell Bay (18km)
Day 18 (07.06.2014 Sat) – Our ladies went shopping in Ayr (72km)
Day 19 (08.06.2014 Sun) – Visiting Isabelle/Robert in Newton Steward (50km)
Day 20 (09.06.2014 Mon) – Overnight stay at Fishing Station, Lady Bay Loch Ryan
Day 21 (10.06.2014 Tue) – Visited a farm using automated milking
Day 22 (11.06.2014 Wed) – Day 1 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 23 (12.06.2014 Thu) – Day 2 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 24 (13.06.2014 Fri) – Day 3 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 25 (14.06.2014 Sat) – Day 4 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 26 (15.06.2014 Sun) – Day 5 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 27 (16.06.2014 Mon) – Allan and Pauline 50th wedding anniversary
Day 28 (17.06.2014 Tue) – Mysterious beach walk at Loch Larbrax, Scotland
Day 29 (18.06.2014 Wed) – Lake Loweswater, Lake District, UK (day1)

Day 30 (19.06.2014 Thu) – Outward Bound Ullswater, Lake Ullswater (day2)
Day 31 (20.06.2014 Fri) – Return from Lake District (day3)
Day 32 (21.06.2014 Sat) – Our last visit to the bothy at Lady Bay
Day 33 (22.06.2014 Sun) – A farewell dinner hosted by Margaret Modrate
Day 34 (23.06.2014 Mon) – A farewell tea hosted by Vera Little

Day 35 (24.06.2014 Tue) – To Glasgow for a night stay for next day flight
Day 36 (25.6.2014Wed) Glasgow
6am to Amsterdam 8.40//MH17 12noon to KLIA
Day 37 (26.06.2014 Thu) – MH17 touched down at KLIA at 6.20am. 

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1 comment:

  1. Wow…Your shared pictures are very nice it shows how much you have fun there. I also visited Lake District many times yet this is one of my favourtie travel destinations. My recent trip was just before my boston washington bus tours with my family. I visited its most of attractions which I have mentioned below.
    Whitewashed cottage near Grasmere
    Hiking in Great Langdale
    Buttermere and Honister Slate Mine
    Climbing Helvellyn via Striding Edge
    National park
    And I must say your food setion is looking very yummmm.....

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