Black's Tourist's Guide to Scotland
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...contains a tombstone erected by the author of "Waverley " to the memory of Helen "Walker (the Jeanie Deans of the "Heart of Midlothian.") DUMFRIES TO STRANRAER AND PORTPATRICK. 103 Dumfries To Stranraer And Portpatrick. By railway through Kirkcudbright and Wigton shires. This route affords the tourist an opportunity of viewing the extreme southern coast of Scotland. Leaving Dumfries, we proceed by Dalbeattie, a thriving place, near which is the old castle of Buittle, and i miles farther reach Castle Douglas--a neat and well-built town. In its vicinity is Carlingwark Loch, covering a surface of 100 acres, and studded with picturesque little islands. On a small island in the Dee, about a mile to the west, is Threave Castle, an old stronghold of the Douglases. A short distance to the south is Gelston Castle, a modern building, erected by the late Sir William Douglas. In the neighbourhood of Creetown are several valuable granite quarries, from which the new Liverpool docks were built. In the manse of this parish, Dr. Thomas Brown, the distinguished philosopher, was born in 1778; and he was buried in the old churchyard. The scene of a part of the novel of " Guy Mannering" is laid in this neighbourhood, and Dirk Hatteraiek's cave is pointed out on the coast between Creetown and Gatehouse. Kirkcudbright, the capital of the county, is situated 6 miles below the confluence of the Dee with the Tarff, these rivers here forming an estuary called Kirkcudbright Bay. A branch railway connects it with Castle-Douglas, from which it is distant about 11 miles. It is surrounded with terraced woods and romantic walks, and connected with the Borgue side of the Dee by a handsome metal bridge. The modern parish church is a conspicuous...
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