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A Weekend in Scotland
Article by
Graham Mclelland

On Friday 13th September 2002 my wife and myself entered Scotland off the M6. At Gretna we turned left on the A75 and into Dumfries in Galloway. At Castle Douglas we turned left onto the A745 and A711, the coast road that take us to Dundrennan Abbey. This is where Sir Patrick Maclellan was buried at Threave Castle in 1448. The abbey is a beautiful well kept monument.

Motoring on we entered Kirkcubright and there at the junction of Castle Street/High Street, proudly stood Maclellan castle, next to the Greyfriar church, holding the bones of Maclellan.

We were staying at Toad Hall, the "official" Maclellan Guest House, and about 25 yards from the castle. On a visit to the castle I jokingly asked the guide if as Maclellands we received free entrance, she looked up and with a wry grin replied "We can give you a bill for the upkeep of your castle, as its been a long time since we had any money from your clan". The castle is fantastic and very well maintained, as is the little Greyfriar church next door. The only tomb we were allowed to see was that of Sir Thomas Maclellan and his child bride.

On Saturday, after a huge Scottish breakfast, we drove along the A75 through Newton Stewart and turned right onto the A714 for Loch Trool. At the head of Loch Trool is the Bruce stone, celebrating Bruce's victory over the English troops.

Looking westwards from the loch the view was unbeatable and the Galloway forrest park superb.

After another huge breakfast on Sunday we drove home. Will we return? You bet we will, many times!

Note: This was sent in as a hand written letter so please excuse any errors due to me not being able to read some of the words.

Bruce's StoneCastle MaclellanDundrennan AbbeyLoch Trool
Bruce's Stone       |       Castle Maclellan       |       Dundrennan Abbey       |       Loch Trool

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