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Galloway Run
Sun 18th Jul 2010
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 8
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Galloway Run

Sunday 18th July 2010

An early start was required, not just for those travelling from Central Scotland, but also for our members from the southwest who headed north to join us all in Ayrshire.

A grey foreboding sky met us all as we headed off but as the day developed it was brightened by some sunny spells, some excellent food and some sparkling roads.

A run in this area usually means some Robert Burns association and this was no exception. We gathered in a car park nearby Souter Johnnie’s Cottage in Kirkoswald and found it was flanked by the manicured thatched buildings of Souter Johnnie’s Inn and Peggy’s Tearoom. After discussion it was decided that as it was only 10am the tearoom would be a more sensible choice.

Peggy’s tearoom was named after Peggy Thompson, Burns’ second love, who he met while at school in Kirkoswald and later wrote to her;

Once fondly lov'd, and still remember'd dear,
Sweet early object of my youthful vows.

This was a well received location to start the run as it allowed us all to have coffee and a variety of cakes etc., in lovely surroundings and more importantly a chance to meet new members on their first run as well as meeting old friends we had not seen for a few months.

After morning tea had been consumed and the gender requirements of the toilets had been sorted we emerged into sunshine. While some retail therapy was carried out by the ladies the men carried out some car therapy in releasing a blockage in a car’s cills before we headed off towards the coast.


The route took us out to Ayrshire’s coastline where the sun shone on a strange looking Aisla Craig which was topped by some isolated cloud resulting in it looking more like a Christmas Pudding topped by rum butter than an Island in the Clyde.

We continued on in lovely sunshine down the coast through the area of The Ancient Kennedys climbing out of Ballantrae onto the cliff side road and on into Stranraer before arriving in the scenic little coastal village of Portpatrick. A half hour comfort break allowed some further retail therapy and a time for further conversation, introduction and reminiscence but also for the weather to deteriorate.


As we left the village a drizzle started but the roofs remained down as we continued south into The Mull of Galloway which was reached by some single track roads where we left the sweet fragrance of the sea and had it replaced by the equally sweet but less pleasant fragrance of the farms. One of joys of roof down motoring is that you can take in the sounds and smells of an area as well as its sights and as we climbed up the hillside leading to our lunch stop we enjoyed the sights of the the area with its clifftops and coves.

A lighthouse soon appeared and then nearby a turf covered roof over a timber and glass building which was to be our lunch stop. Gallie Craig Coffee House is an award winning coffeehouse cut into the landscape above towering cliffs. A scenic and recommended spot for lunch with a varied selection of foods ranging from cakes to meals


As lunch was about to conclude the witches of our last visit to this area returned but thankfully on this occasion they were in more friendly mood and attire and came bearing gifts to celebrate Ian’s Birthday. The restaurant was now filled with the traditional birthday song as Ian disposed of the candles before cutting and distributing cake to all.


As we emerged from lunch it was clear that the weather was continuing to go downhill and we did the same as we dropped down from cliff side roads to journey around the bays and seashore of the area.

After negotiating some rock falls and avoiding some wildlife we arrived safely on the Isle of Whithorn without having any recourse to ferry. As the weather was now verging on unpleasant this was a short comfort stop before we headed north and into the superb roads of The Galloway Forest Park.


One day we will enjoy these roads in sunshine but alas this journey was carried out in similar wet conditions to our last visit, however this did not dampen the enjoyment of driving over them .

We all too soon arrived at Ken Bridge hotel where we said farewells as some of us headed home and others stayed on for dinner.

Those from Central Scotland then continued on these superb roads heading north east towards home before crossing over the scenic Dalveen Pass and then, as the weather was now very wet , we decided to take the motorway home.
300+ miles and 11 hours of total enjoyment.  It was a great pleasure to travel through roads we have not been on for many years and well worth the journey. Another part of our area which we must return to.

Thanks to  Glenis, Richard, Cath and Drew for sharing their local knowledge with us and giving of their time to organise such an enjoyable day out for the rest of us.

Report by: Charles Kennedy

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Your Comments
19th Jul 2010 07:00 :: chic and heather
Many thanks to Glenys,Richard, Cath and Drew for organising an excellent tour to Galloway. Pleasant new coffee and lunch stops with fun roads and even a visit from the sun for a while

19th Jul 2010 10:35 :: Jacqueline and Ian
Wow that was a long run, over 330 miles just to go out for lunch, but well worth it. Discovered lots of great new roads that we definitely want to return to, and having lunch at the top of a cliff was just brilliant.

Many thanks to Glenis & Richard and Cath and Drew for organising the event and expertly guiding us all around their own special parts of Scotland.

All in all a great day out.

19th Jul 2010 16:56 :: Gavin
Great day out, re-visited some of the roads we were on over an Easter run years ago. Roads were great, lunch venue was inspired, right on the cliff top. Thanks to all who organised this run. It's nice to get out in an area where local knowledge is used for the routes.

19th Jul 2010 19:24 :: chic
Copy of email recieved Steve below;

Hi, just a quick E-Mail to say thanks to everyone who was on the sunday run me and marie loved the run and can't wait until the next run.
Thanks S Govan

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