Ayrshire and Dumfries/Galloway

Southwest of Glasgow to the English border - Ayr, Dumfries, Galloway, Irvine, Stranraer, Strathaven


he National Maritime Musem is set in a reconstructed maritime engine repair building in Irvine. Here, a volunteer shows a marine steam engine he found in a farm field and rebuilt to working condition.

The Scots love their flowers - this small, but colorful, garden is in Irvine.

Huge pieces of maritime equipment surround the Museum.

A rope-making machine in the Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum also keeps a dockyard worker's flat, showing the life of a working family in Edwardian Scotland

Irvine Harbour

One of the boats in the Museum's collection

Herringbone gears from a steamship

Portpatrick Harbour

Cairnryan Light and the ferry from Stranraer to Ireland




Strathaven Castle

Strathaven (pronounced "Straven")

Wigtown is Scotland's "book town"

The gates of Knock Castle, on the Ayrshire Coastal Path near Skelmorlie

Seaweed and rocks on Meigle Beach near Skelmorlie

Meigle Beach

View across the Firth of Clyde to Rothesay "doon the watter"

Dumfries and Galloway

Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock Castle was built in the 13th century, abandoned in the 17th. The approach down the path from the visitors centre does not give a full impression of the size and great state of preservation.

Caerlaverock is an unusual triangular shape, and retains its flooded moat.

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