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Wednesday 22 May, Logan botanical gardens

Logan Botanical garden Logan Botanical gardenYesterday we were already at Port Logan but too late to visit the botanical gardens so that is our first destination today. The gardens seem to be well known and open to the public from mid-March to the end of October, although in winter you can also walk through part of them. The entrance is £ 5.50 (in 2018 6.50 for an adult). It is also possible to make guided walks.
Logan Botanical garden Logan Botanical gardenLogan Botanical Gardens is a branch of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and is called the most exotic botanical garden in Scotland, with an almost subtropical climate making it ideal for plants and trees that normally only grow in the southern hemisphere (that's what they claim themselves). Thanks to the warm Gulf Stream that runs right along the coast, it rarely freezes and is warmer and wetter than it would normally be.
We are particularly surprised by the large amount of tall palms.
Logan Botanical garden Logan Botanical gardenElisabeth loves palm trees and has already collected seeds in many countries to try to germinate them at home but that did not work out. Now we only admire them in the places where they grow and it is still fantastic to see so many palm trees in a country like Scotland, where it is often colder than in the Netherlands.
Logan Botanical gardenBesides palm trees, there are of course many plants and there is a walled garden full of colorful exotic plants. And there are more than 50 species of eucalyptus to see and of course there is also a visitors center where more information is given about the gardens and their history. There is also still research going on.
It is nice weather with lots of sun and we are really enjoying our visit.
Coast of Rhins of Galloway Coast of Rhins of GallowayThen we head north and I can again mark many roads on my map. Elisabeth calls it an obsession and I'm afraid she is a bit right, but I think the country is so beautiful and I really want to see everything ... And very often we see very surprising things on the off roads but not today. Elisabeth complains about the windmills that she already saw from another side yesterday.
Coast of Rhins of GallowayAs we drive north, the rocks along the coast become somewhat lower but we can not easily reach the beach. I drive a bit along the coast, then again inland and the next road back to the coast. But that does not always work. A number of roads have been closed for road maintenance and that will take at least a few weeks. Too bad for Elisabeth, but we have to go back to this area one time, because I cannot fill all the roads on my map this way, here I have to skip at least 20 kilometers!
Ferry from Cairnryan Corsewall lighthouseOn the north side of the peninsula we drive to the Corsewall lighthouse which is now used as a romantic hotel and where you can keep your wedding. But as a non-resident you can also visit the restaurant and we have a coffee. For a room in this hotel you pay more than £ 200 per night. We would rather spend that money on other things.
A little further on we pass through a village with a beautiful garden full of statues and statuettes, almost the most surprising and nicest view that we see this week. And we lost exactly those pictures we made of that beautiful garden!
After this I drive criss-cross the peninsula, slowly heading back to Newton Stewart, happy that I could mark a lot of new roads on my map.

Thursday 23 May 2013, lots of roads and a few ruins

Working on a new portToday we start along the coast of Luce Bay on the west side of the peninsula The Machars. There they are working to reinforce a dam that has to protect the coast, it looks like quite a big job.
And then we are off (again) driving down roads and see what we encounter along them.
Chapel FinianAlong the A747 we pass Chapel Finian, the measly remnants of an 11th century chapel that was probably erected by pilgrims walking the Whithorn pilgrimage route. The chapel is built in Irish style and dedicated to Saint Findbar (or Finian), an Irish saint from the 6th century. Around the chapel was a wall and inside there was also a wooden house for the priest and there was a source and a cemetery.
Druchtag Motehill Druchtag MotehillJust before Port William we turn left to the Druchtag Motehill. A motehill or mote is an earthen mound on which often a tower-shaped building was erected, the mote castle. Here once stood a wooden tower but this one was later never replaced by a stone castle as on other places. Such towers were not only there for defense but also to demonstrate the status of the ruler or as a center of the local governmente. This hill is 6 meters high and there are about 250 known in Scotland.
Ramps Repairs to the telephone lineThen we explore the interior of the Machars, but we do not come across many interesting things. However, many bad roads are in need of maintenance and in many places the holes are already drilled, ready to pour new asphalt with a sign 'ramp' next to them, a word which means disaster in Dutch. If you drive too fast over it can indeed be disaster for your tires. Again some roads have been closed for maintenance so that Teije does not get this part of his map completely filled.
Glenluce abbeyWhen we finally have driven all roads that are accessible, we drive to the abbey of Glenluce, a Cistercian abbey from the 12th century. After the reformation in the 16th century the abbey quickly lost its importance and the abbey was used as a quarry for a nearby castle (Castle of Park).
Robert the Bruce seems to have spent some time here on his pilgrimage to St. Ninian's tomb in Whithorn, just before his own death in 1329.
On the way back we drive past the pub where we have been sitting for so long last Sunday with our flat tire, to thank the owner, but the pub is closed. The whole village seems to be extinct. And then Teije decides to challenge the gods and drives the single track road where we got our flat tire because he still has to drive the rest of the road. And this time everything is fine, I kept my fingers crossed for a moment.
And now back home, I've had it with all those roads.


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