Of Famous Folk, Poets, Weddings and Lovers !

Saturday 30 April

Setting off from Edinburgh we took about 2 hours to reach our destination at Ayr Craigie Caravan Club site on the outskirts of Ayr. Nice site again just about a 15 minute walk into the heart of Ayr.

Ayr is on the coast and a mid sized if not particularly pretty town. We had a wander around for an hour or two with a brief stop off in an old converted church or “Kirk” as they would call it locally. (Its now a pub of course ! ).We continued through the main streets  one of which was a very importantly named street called Cathcart Street. ( Fame at last ! ) the tourist information centre was actually in Lady Cathcart’s former house ( Jane was chuffed ! ) then moving along the Esplanade we looked out over the Sea to the Isle of Arran which at the time we were looking was being drenched with rain whilst for a change we were basking in sunshine. Yea!

The River Ayr

The River Ayr

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Wheres my Chips !!

Where’s ma Chips !!

Saved the Shackle ... but nicked the Bike !

Saved the Shackle … but nicked the Bike !

Check out the name of the House and Street !

Check out the name of the House and Street !

Lady Cathcarts House. oo..er Missus !

Lady Cathcar’ts House.               OO..er  Missus !

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A bit like me.. it needs a bit of a face lift !

A bit like me.. it needs a bit of a face lift !

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We had a further wander around passing the Citadel walls built by Cromwell to control the unruly Scots ( wait till Nicola gets her way ! ) before finding a nice restaurant called the Waterfront which was at the side of the river Ayr just before it flowed out to sea. The food again was delicious and for two courses including a drink was only £13.50 each. Making the most of the sunshine and being able to dry out after the soggy days in Edinburgh we returned to “Cis” and got the deck chairs out to spend the rest of the afternoon and early evening reading in the sunshine before it turned cooler and we had to retire inside.

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Atten.... Shun !

Atten…. Shun !

Rabbie Burns has a bit of a Dandruff problem !

Rabbie Burns has a bit of a Dandruff problem !

Yellow VRS with purple wheels.. Yuk !

Yellow VRS with purple wheels.. Yuk !

The Chippie was a bit of a "Dive" !

The Chippie was a bit of a “Dive” !

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Sunday 1 May

Following a Brau Bricht Moonlicht Nicht the Noo Jimmy last night ( Except there was no moon or stars visible because of the clouds ) We awoke on a very special day.

the main reason for our trip into the land of the Celts was to come for a wedding of the elder son Colin of our friends Glyn & Lesley. He married Gemma at the Brig a Doon hotel at Alloway just south of Ayr and being famous for being the birthplace of the famous Scottish poet Rabbie Burns.

A Brace of Grans !

A Brace of Grans !

and the best dressed couple award goes to......

and the best dressed couple award goes to……

Proud Mother and Father of the Groom

Proud Mother and Father of the Groom

Rabbie Burns memorial

Rabbie Burns memorial

The weather was pretty pants again however the Sun did poke its head out for about an hour to allow some decent photos to be taken for the happy couple ( unfortunately I haven’t really got any ! ) The celebration was the usual excellent  famous Scottish hospitality with lovely food ( and the odd drink hic! ) and in the evening an excellent 6 piece band played lots of soft rock from the 70’s and 80’s which was just up Jane and my street and saw us tripping the light fandango on the dance floor.  Excellent ! Party on !

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The New Mr Mrs Morgan

The New Mr & Mrs Morgan

Even Red Indians like a bit of cake !

Even Red Indians like a bit of cake !

The lovely Alice

The lovely Alice

Glyn winning the "Glamorous Tranny" competition

Glyn winning the “Glamorous Tranny” competition

The Brig a Doon is famous from a poem called Tam O’Shanter by  Rabbie Burns. It’s the bridge where Nannie the witch is chasing Tam over the river Doon as he just escapes leaving Nannie  only pulling off his horses tail. Ouch !

The wedding venue

The wedding venue

The famous Brig a Doon

The famous Brig a Doon

Rabbie Burns is also famous for writing the second most sung song in the world Auld Lang Syne, the most frequently sung song being Happy Birthday.

Having had a brilliant day and night we took a taxi back to the campsite and were lulled quickly off to sleep by the incessant rain all night. Luckily the alcohol imbued stupor won over the noise of the rain.

Monday 2 May

On awaking we found that we had chosen the only pitch on site which appeared to flood and  had to wade across the moat to reach the shower block !

We set off South today following the coast road out of Ayrshire and into Dumfries and Galloway. We had an hour or two at Culzean Castle about 15 miles out of Ayr and luckily managed to pick a dry spell. The rest of the day was either full on glorious sunshine or heavy rain but it didn’t stop our travel to the far South West of the county. The Scenery along the way was stunning and we headed off the main road after a while and followed the smaller roads.We stopped over night doing a bit of Wild Camping down along side the sea just on the outskirts of a little fishing village called Port William. It was a lovely spot and not plagued by “No Overnight Camping” notices. England please note !

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A Hundred Thousand Welcomes !

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes !

Choose your Weapon !

Choose your Weapon !

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I always kept Cool !

I always kept Cool !

All the modern Fire Fighting apparatus !

All the modern Fire Fighting apparatus !

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There must be easier ways to catch a fish !

There must be easier ways to catch a fish !

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Bath time !

Bath time !

We did very little today taking full advantage of being able to look out over the beautiful view reading and watching programmes on the old laptop.

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Tuesday 3 May

We continued our exploration of Dumfries & Galloway again firstly with a quick visit to the remains of a bronze age fort and then carrying on by avoiding most of the main roads and sticking along the coastal routes. This was stunning but did unfortunately take a lot longer than I anticipated which we paid for later when we arrived at our night stop.

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The remains of Barsalloch Iron Age Fort

The remains of Barsalloch Iron Age Fort

A modern day defender of the fort !

A modern day defender of the fort !

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You've seen what happens to Edward Woodwood in the Wicker Man !

You’ve seen what happens to Edward Woodwood in the Wicker Man !

The weather today was much better being mostly sunshine with the odd bit of cloud and after driving for about 3 hours saw us arriving at Gretna Green

Theres some big weeds in the gardens up here !

There’s some big weeds in the gardens up here !

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Gretna is famous for being the first village over the border from England and from 1754 onward when the new English Marriage laws came in, seeing a multitude of young couples eloping here to get married because they needed parental permission back home if they were younger than 21

Get a room !

Get a room !

Giz us a Kiss !

Giz us a Kiss !

The Scottish Arm Wrestling competition was well underway !

The Scottish Arm Wrestling competition was well underway !

Naked Yoga is catching on in Scotland !

Naked Yoga is catching on in Scotland !

That Rabbie Burns chap gets everywhere !

That Rabbie Burns chap gets everywhere !

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Superwoman's forgotten her costume again !

Superwoman’s forgotten her costume again !

Traditionally marriages took place at the Blacksmiths shop over the Anvil carried out in front of two witnesses without the necessity of a qualified priest.

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Ye Olde Blacksmiths Shoppe

Ye Olde Blacksmiths Shoppe

Afterr stopping here for a hot drink and piece of cake we continued our journey south into England and into Gods own country Yorkshire. Here we drove through the dales particularly over Swaledale but this resulted in us being faced with a ” Not suitable for Long Vehicles” notice which forced us to do an additional hours detour through Wensleydale. Once we had driven through Hawes and Leyburn we were finally able to reach our destination of the Old Bridge Inn at Grinton.

The Bridge Inn at Grinton

The Bridge Inn at Grinton

Nice views of Swaledale from "Cis"

Nice views of Swaledale from “Cis”

Shaun the Sheep's Stunts got him into trouble again !

Shaun the Sheep’s Stunts got him into trouble again !

Feeling knackered and much later than I wanted to be here ( 7.00 ) we parked up in the car park and hastily ventured inside for some well earned liquid refreshment. This was shortly followed by a nice pie for me ( much better than the Cramond Inn ! ) and some lovely Fish & Chips for Jane.

So after re-energising and relaxing for a few hours we returned to “Cis” for the rest of the evening and then journeyed back home without further stops and generally an uneventful trip the following morning.

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2 thoughts on “Of Famous Folk, Poets, Weddings and Lovers !

  1. Mummy of the handsome groom here Patrick! Lovely seeing your pics of Ayrshire etc. Used to know Ayr well due to childhood holidays spent in the family holiday cottage in nearby Troon but think a wee holiday there is long overdue! Lots I didn’t recognise I’m ashamed to say! Still harbouring a desire to buy a wee sister for Cis! One day maybe! Xx

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