We returned as we went. Shopped at Kilnford Barns for present s for the neighbours, and had a bit of lunch there. Not nearly so crowded as two weeks ago and so pleasanter. We went down the A75 to Gretna and thence through Longtown, Brampton and Alston to the Cahtterbox Café in St Johns Chapel. I was very hungry by this time so had their spinach and ricotta cannelloni, which arrived so hot hat I could not eat it. They also had some extremely good carrot cake so we bought some to take home.
For me the highlights of this holiday were :
Wigtown. A plain, almost dour, small town which comes to life once you get into the bookshops and become immersed in their stock in trade. They all have seating, often armchairs or sofas, so you could lose all track of time and be there all day.
Garlieston. New builds on the harbour side have lifted this place inot quite a desirable spot. Of great interest to anyone interested in the Mulberry Harbours especially if they have also visited the Normandy beaches.
Gatehouse of Fleet. Much improved since our last visit. New shops and the impression of more life about the place. Very tidy and clean.
Kirkcudbright. Best summed up by saying I could live there. Nice little town, all the amenities, plus the water side and the fishing vessels.
Creetown. As a town, nothing to speak of, but the Gem Museum is quite “something else”.