Yesterday was the perfect day, we went to Grey Maris Tail after a walk around the pretty town of Moffat, I climbed my first hill of the year and realised though the mind of Mandy is very much outdoor Mandy, the body really isn’t!
Holly Bobbins loved it, she’s a dog who’ll happily never go out but on holidays becomes adventure dog, she loves dog friendly adventures and I love having her by my side.
The house we found at Eskdalemuir on @airbnb has been like sampling luxury, even if it was only for one night and today @harriet.j.randall@abigail_charlton and I are all off to spend the day in the glorious Lake District.
Good Morning from Dumfries & Galloway, South West Scotland.
Wow, we just love this image of #eskdalemuir in #dumfriesandgalloway by @flo_rence_04
Eskdalemuir is a civil parish and small village in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, with a population of 265. It is sited around 10 miles north-west of Langholm and 10 miles north-east of Lockerbie.
The area consists of high wet moorlands chiefly used for sheep grazing and forestry plantation. Settlement is generally located near to, or by one of the many tributaries of the Black Esk and White Esk rivers.
Eskdalemuir is best known for the nearby Eskdalemuir weather station and for the Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist monastery.
A statue of Buddha near the entrance to Samye Ling, Eskdalemuir’s eye-rubbingly surreal Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Disappointingly, the tearoom had stopped serving momos since I was last there but it still does the best (homemade) masala chai in Scotland...
Soulful always wins out for me over showy. So hurray for Stables Cottage in Eskdalemuir, where we were welcomed with homemade scones, flowers from the garden, a generously stacked log pile and hot water bottles (it may be August but this is Scotland, after all). And where our lovely host, Jock, showed the boys a spectacular woodland play area (he’d built it for his own children years ago), and took the time to put together a water rocket and blast it off into some faraway rosebay willowherb for them, to shrieks of excitement (more on that in Stories)…
Back in Scotland, surrounded by a sea of greens and stone circles (this one, the Girdle Stanes, actually more of a giant semi-circle since the White Esk has washed quite a lot of it away). People tend to rush past this part of Scotland in a hurry to get to the Highlands but if you want wild, Eskdalemuir is pretty hard to beat...
As a business we offer support to many local charities, clubs, initiatives and communities. We were delighted to be able to offer labour and materials recently to the ESMP Hall in Eskdalemuir, which is a wonderful facility offering a diverse range of uses to the local Community. It was a lovely gesture from the hall to invite us along to their community BBQ, and even more so to present us with a certificate of thanks. #harknesspaintinganddecorating#communityinitiative#givingback#dumfriesandgalloway#eskdalemuir
🏴 Scotland you were ace! 🏴 We probably only saw another 10 humans this weekend full of countryside, blue skies, sunshine, mountainside heather bum slides, streams, sheep in cattle grids, BBQs, beer, birds, sunbathing, lizard tails, movies, coffee & croissants 💓