Day 097 : Dumfries – Sandyhills

Dumfries is the county town of Dumfries and Galloway and was named as Queen of the South by a local poet called David Dunbar.

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The famous Scottish poet Robbie burns spent the last few years of his life in Dumfries and there is a statue of him in the Main Street. He had spent most of the money he had made from his poetry, so he came to Dumfries to work as an Excise Officer. The house wher he lived is now a museum.

Although the  famous Scottish poet Robbie Burns was born near Ayr, he spent the last few years of his life in Dumfries where there is a statue of him in the Main Street. He had spent most of the money he had made from his poetry, so he came to Dumfries to work as an Excise Officer. The house where he lived is now a museum.

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Dumfries has also a number of other quite famous people you may have heard of. The BBC Broadcaster Kirsty Wark, the author of Peter Pan, James Barrie and  Formula 1 Grand Prix racing driver, David Coultard.

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After leaving Dumfries I followed the coastal road to a village called New Abbey  where there was a ruin called Sweetheart Abbey. It has a rather enchanting story to it. A Lady Dervorgilla had the abbey built in memory of her husband John Balliol. When she died she was laid alongside her husbands embalmed heart, so the monks named the abbey in her honour. The abbey is now maintained by Historic Scotland.

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On my way to Southerness I pass a sign for the Paul Jones Cottage museum near Kirkbean. I am quite intrigued to find out who this fellow is. He was born nearby and went to sea as an apprentice sailor. In America he receives a Lieutenant commission and becomes a hero of the American Revolutionary War and founder of the US Navy.

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Southerness is a holiday village with a sandy beach surrounded by rocks with a lighthouse. It has a holiday camp feel about the place with a big static caravan site, a few amusements and eating places and hotel.

I continue on my way from here to Sandyhills where I finish for today.