Day 177: Dumfries to Kirkbean – Dreich & Sweetheart

Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland

Devorgilla Bridge, the oldest surviving multiple-arched bridge in Scotland, built in the 15th century, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

A heavy mist has descended on Dumfries turning the ancient bridges picturesquely monochromatic. The mist gradually ebbs and flows in opacity, so I wait a while with the camera for the optimum moment of abstraction. A mischievous lad approaches me by the river and with a flash of his gold teeth points to the bridge and tells me “Aye under there that’s where the wee otters are”.

Burns Statue (Robert Burns was the town’s most illustrious inhabitant) and Greyfriars Church, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

I have 20km of main road walking in the mist to go. This is not fun. I’ve never felt the need to wear a head torch in the daytime before. As the fog gets thicker I can’t see much beyond my feet, but at least I learn that Irn Bru tops the leaderboard as the roadside litter of choice in Scotland.

Devorgilla Bridge, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Nith Suspension Bridge, built 1875, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Dumfries New Bridge, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Bandstand by the river Nith, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Weir across the river Nith and Devorgilla Bridge, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Field near Kirkconnell, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Sweetheart Abbey (1273-1624), New Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Scottish word of the day:
Dreich – Wet, dull, gloomy, dismal, dreary or any combination of these. Scottish weather at its most miserable.

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10 thoughts on “Day 177: Dumfries to Kirkbean – Dreich & Sweetheart”

  1. Amazing photos as ever. That tree looks like a microscopic image of nerves

  2. I’ve mentioned to a few people your as-it-is style of photography, and will now be trying *not* to avoid including telegraph poles, etc. in my photographs.

    • interesting you should notice that as I nearly rejected the image due to the telegraph pole! In the end, I thought it has a greater sense of place so I included it especially as there is no shortage of misty tree photos out there

  3. I wonder if it will seem to you, as it did to me, that the lower reaches of rivers in D&G do sometimes seem to be much bigger than their settings in flat countryside would lead us to expect. I suppose it’s just that they’ve travelled a long way to get there, but on several occasions they’ve surprised me all the same.

  4. Robert Peace says:

    Some nice images of Dumfries as I have often seen it! The Weir on the River Nith is known locally as the caul and the river is tidal up to this point. Under ideal conditions a tidal bore can be seen approaching the upper reaches of the river.
    I hope you don’t have too many dreich days!

    • Ah, I’d heard about the caul but didn’t know that’s what it referred to – thanks! I live near the Severn so I like a good tidal bore!

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