After last weekends meet and subsequent illness we spent a couple of days recovering at Lyndon Top before heading north to Scotland.
Our plan, yeah right I know a plan!, was to head for Carter Bar on the Scottish border and head anti clockwise around Scotland. However just before Scotch Corner we encountered rain and decided it looked sunnier over to the west so headed towards the sunshine. We hit the Trans Pennine A66 and headed for a much used overnight spot in New Abbey next to Sweetheart Abbey (54.9806740, -3.6196370). It’s a peaceful spot and provides a good nights sleep, the location has toilets but nothing else. Services are available close by at Caerlaverock Castle (54.9722770, -3.5333280). Overnight and services are free but they do ask that you make a donation for the upkeep of the location. The nearby same named castle is well worth a visit even if it is just for the tea room.
Following a restful night we had into Dumfries to fill our GPL tank. First garage didn’t have any. They were waiting for a delivery so we headed back into town to locate the BP station, same result. Our next option according to myLPG.eu app was in Newton Stewart. So off down the ‘Tang’ road we went. Taking our time and enjoying the Coastal Road, even stopped for lunch with a view over the estuary.
Pulling up outside the fuel station I headed in and made sure they had gas. Only problem was the forecourt wasn’t designed with a 9m Trundlebus in mind. Thankfully there was a large turning area next door as we had to block the pumps and face on coming traffic to fill up.
Leaving Newton Stewart we headed back onto the main road and aimed for Girvan (55.2439553, -4.8621670). The forecast wasn’t looking good but we knew the parking area behind the swimming pool was safe and the offer of fish and chips sweetened the deal.
We parked up with our back to the sea, previous experiences, to lessen the onslaught of the predicted weather sat back enjoyed our fish and chips watching the gulls surf the breeze.
The storm hit us in the early hours of the morning and battered us!!. The wind and rain was terrible, obviously the leading edge of the hurricane that has just devastated the Bahamas. We only had a minor storm compared to the poor people, our hearts go out to them.
Friday morning and the storm had blown through leaving us with squally showers and a fresh wind from the Atlantic. We headed up to Ayr in search of a supermarket and some fuel, always helpful. From there we crossed the Erskine Bridge and towards Glencoe and the Camping and Caravanning Club Site for the weekend. From here we will once again check the weather and subsequently our forward route around Scotland but as I write this on Saturday morning with the sun beating through the windows surrounded by trees it honestly doesn’t matter as long as we get days like this.