9th July

  

(L) Cardoness Castle (Historic Scotland), a 15th C tower house, and (R) view from the top over Fleet Bay.

Not far up the coast from Cardoness is another ruined tower house, Carsluith Castle. This has the added attraction of a tea-room associated with a smokery.

  

Views over the magnificent Loch Trool in the Galloway Forest Park.

Bruce’s Stone, commemorating the victory of Robert the Bruce over an English army at the Battle of Glen Trool in 1307.

10th July

Caerlaverock Castle‘s (Heritage Scotland) most striking feature is that it is triangular!

  

The other unusual feature is the lodging built in the 17th C within the castle walls.

Looking towards Caerlaverock and on towards the Nith Estuary from the Iron Age hill-fort of Ward Law.

 11th July

  

The dramatic Threave Castle (Historic Scotland) is built on an island in the River Dee.

  

The strange-looking Motte of Urr is the remains of a medieval motte-and-bailey castle built by the side of the (R) River Urr. The river flows through Dalbeattie before joining the Solway Firth at Kippford.

  

The Solway Firth at the coastal village of Kippford.

 

Dalbeattie II

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