Last week I took the children to visit the grandparents for a few days. They stay in the south west of Scotland and there are lots of very nice places to visit in the area roundabout.
Now to our first outing. Making good use of our Historic Scotland membership we decide to visit Caerlaverock Castle. The castle dates from the 1300's and it has a turbulent history due to its proximity to the border with England.
On the way back we stopped at Glencaple - a tiny village which used to be a busy trading post, hard to imagine nowadays. There are lovely views from the village.
The back to a few photos I took of yet more clematis (and an osteospermum) in my Mum's garden. It's what I do if I feel I'm starting to get a little bored!
Now to our last day. We'd planned to leave after lunch, however, the weather was so lovely we decided to have another trip before leaving the area. We took a little detour to New Abbey. There are two Historic Scotland properties here: Sweetheart Abbey and the Corn Mill.
Sweetheart Abbey was founded in 1273 by Lady Dervorgilla of Galloway in memory of her husband John Balliol.
Now there's only one more whole week of the summer holidays left. Eek!