Last week we were in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Ferries from there head to SW Scotland. The main port used to be Stranraer until new port facilities were opened by the village of Cairnryan. Either way there is a lot of traffic trundling along the main A75 road, across Dumfries and Galloway, towards Carlisle.
On that route vehicles pass through Newton Stewart, Castle Douglas and Dumfries itself, but most other places are quite small which results in a rather interesting traffic pattern. Even 60 miles (that’s about 100 kilometres) away from the ferry port, all is relatively quiet most of the time, but then you get a sudden burst of traffic coming through from the west, coinciding with the offloading of the ferry!
The main A75 road stays not too far from the coast, as inland is the relatively remote landscape of the Southern Uplands, which top out on Merrick, at 843 metres, in the intriguingly named Range of the Awful Hand!
As you may have guessed from the name, Dumfries and Galloway isn’t a county. It is in fact made up of three counties, who now share the same local council based in Dumfries to the east. The Galloway area to the west includes the Mull of Galloway, the most southerly point in Scotland.
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