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In Search of Kippford, Scotland

Castle Douglas and spending the day with my in-laws

sunny 68 °F

This morning John, Betty and I decided to go to Castle Douglas and Kippford. Once you ask my father in-law if you want to do something he is always ready before you are. He decided to drive, so I could enjoy the scenery. Yes, you guessed it , we made a picnic before we went. We headed out of Cumnock at 10:00am, but never actually got out until an hour later. Now, if you have ever taken a drive with my in-laws, they both think they know the best road to take. I just sit there and listen, I have no idea which way to go. We drove up the way John wanted to go and after we got all the way up to the top of the town, the road was closed. We then had to turn around and come back down and that's when we were stopped by sheep that were being herded down the road we were on. Yes, this is Scotland! We found another way and we were stopped again by a wide load, blocking both lanes as it was coming toward us. It was the biggest dump truck I have ever seen. We waited for that and eventually made our way out of Cumnock. The weather today was beautiful, and very sunny. We drove south through a gorgeous area of Scotland, not on a big highway, but on a winding backroad. We passed through all these small villages, with beautiful churches. We had to stop again at one point for some cows to go down the road. We drove all along a loch called Loch Ken. My father in-law pointed out many things along the way. They have been to almost every place in Scotland, because they used to be in a caravan club. We stopped to take some pictures along the way. We stopped for lunch in Castle Douglas at a really nice park with a lake called Lochside. We had a great picnic right in front of the lake. John was going to read the paper, so Betty and I took a walk into town. We found this antique store that had millions of things, in it. Of course Betty was trying to lift out something and other things fell to the ground. Nothing broke, but I just kept walking. We left Castle Douglas and headed for Kippford. We had a bit of a hard time finding Kippford. I told John to go the wrong way, so we ended up somewhere else before we ended up in Kippford. We arrived in Kippford finally and it was a beautiful little town. Betty and I walked all along the shore for about a mile. We saw shells that had washed up and the height of the shells was about 5 feet. I have never seen that many sea shells in one place before. There were all these houses with beautiful gardens all along the shore. We walked back into the town, got John and headed for home. John decided to take the road that went on the other side of Lock Ken. According to Betty, it was a very winding road and we should have gone another way home. I was in the front seat and kept asking her if she wanted to change seats, but of course she said no. I enjoyed the ride home and as John said its a good idea to always go a different way back. I agree with you John. The ride home consisted of beautiful scenery and a voice in the back seat that kept repeating "we should never have taken this road". Thanks for the wonderful day John and Betty. I really enjoyed it. The two of you are priceless!!!

Posted by Daniellecand 15:22 Archived in Scotland

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