Wednesday, 11 July 2018

The end of the road

A day at the most southerly point on the Scottish mainland, thankfully in much nicer conditions than the last time I visited here.

There was a Plan.  And we all know that at Bag End "plan" is a four-letter word which usually ends up somewhere beginning with "F".  But this was not Bag End, and for once my plan worked perfectly.  The idea was simple - get up early, drive to the southern tip of the Mull of Galloway, stay all day, drive back to the campsite.  I did all the "van housekeeping" the night before (empty waste, fill fresh water, put stuff away), got up at 6.00am and was driving out of the site by 6.15.  I would have been at the lighthouse carpark by 6.30 but there were a couple of hold-ups in the road which delayed me.  Unfortunately the DashCam footage isn't very good (light coming from the wrong direction) so this is about the best there is:



I had to come to a complete halt FOUR times because of hares in the road - what an absolute gift!  A little later on the first of many walks around the isthmus I startled two more.  Six beautiful hares before breakfast, does it get much better?

Arriving so early I had the place to myself, except for one campervan; the occupants were a lovely couple who told me they often sneaked up here for a weekend.  Later in the day it was a different matter as I sat and relaxed doing a little spot of people watching.  The ones that really got me were those who, after negotiating themselves all the way down here, got out of the car, took photos whilst still within touching distance of the vehicle, and then drove off again . . .

I played tourist and went up the Lighthouse feeling stupidly pleased with myself that the 100-and-something steps did not cause any shortness of breath and was rewarded with glorious views.



















The rest of the day was sitting around, walking around, sitting around some more, until I finally left around 8.00pm.  It was a blissful day and for once, something I had planned had gone exactly as I had intended (which isn't something I get to say very often!)


































9 comments:

  1. It's lovely to see your photographs from the lighthouse, as we visited a couple of years ago now just after it had closed for the season. It's a beautiful area and well worth the drive. X

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    1. Thank you Jules. I hope when you were there, even though the lighthouse was closed, you enjoyed your visit as much as I did :)

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  2. How wonderful seeing those hares. Lovely photos of and from the lighthouse and you were blessed with a fabulous blue sky.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, if I had known how many hares would be around I'd have got up even earlier! Maybe next time?

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  3. Isn't it great when a plan comes together? Your day looks and sounds absolutely delightful - those people who never went further than their vehicles missed so much. I would have gone up the lighthouse too (I seem to have a 'thing' about going up lighthouses and church towers!) And to see six hares before breakfast - wonderful :) :)

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    1. Thank you Eunice, I think you and the girls would have enjoyed the day. The Lighthouse is run completely by volunteers and is a great place to visit,

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  4. Wonderful, wonderful photo's, a perfect sounding day. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Cheers Marlene, am I tempting you to make the long drive in your campervan?

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