Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway have had a turbulent and romantic past, leading to their lasting memorial in literature. Annie Laurie, Walter Scott's Redgauntlet, Buchan's 39 Steps all follow through this countryside.

On the Solway Firth the tide comes in faster than a galloping horse (or faster than your car on the soft sand!), but the smugglers and pirates of old are now long gone. Inland the wild desolate Glenkins is a land of jagged hills, lochs and waterfalls.

Ruined castles and churches stand in memorial to both the turbulent and the peaceful past. Today the land is peaceful and tranquil, with the native Galloway cattle to be seen in the fields

There are regular car ferries leaving Stranraer for Northern Ireland

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