Dumfries and Galloway and that

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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby The Egg Man » Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:11 pm

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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby An Taigh Sear 14 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:40 pm

Sharon wrote:A waterfall that flows into the River Cree :)

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I knew nothing about Galloway House, I enjoyed that it has a nice connection with Glasgow! It must have seemed like such a journey to the middle of nowhere.


It did indeed. A thing I also remember about that trip was that there were also other children from other parts of Glasgow there too. All around the same age. I actually don't remember much hostility between the various schools and areas. Maybe as most of us kids were nine and ten we simply just enjoyed ourselves like weans should.

I actually returned to Galloway House and Garlieston at the end of December last year. It was the first I had returned in nearly forty year. Garlieston Bay was as lovely as I recalled, although minus the old WW2 wreckage that was there when I was a youngster.
(They used that bay for practicing landings, building Bailey Bridges and Pontoons etc I believe.)

I couldn't get too close to Galloway House itself, due to a "Private" sign but I probably got to within 100 yards and still managed to get a decent look due to it's size.

You can still actually walk around the grounds and some gardens However the weather was atrocious. So I have promised myself I will return one fine Summer's day. :D
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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby Lucky Poet » Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:13 pm

I was now entering Tongland... where just past one of Dr Beeching's casualties:
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...is quite probably the finest 1930s art deco hydro-electric power station in the whole of south central Kirkcudbrightshire:
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A very bonny thing indeed (I reckon) and wonderfully of its time:
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I really want to have a nosey inside, but though tours can be arranged, they're limited to school parties. Pah.
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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby The Egg Man » Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:36 pm

I'd rather assumed the only place hydro power actually worked properly in Scotland was up where the land gets a bit lumpy and that that was why it (hydro) hadn't made a greater impact than it had.

The fact it could be done in D&G back then suggests there's hardly anywhere, NIMBYs willing, it can't be done now.
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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby Sharon » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:24 am

It is a fine building. There are a series of lovely paintings of the dams being constructed.

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Art in Concrete by Charles Oppenheimer (1875-1961)

Art in Concrete.... wonderful!

Look out for this on your next Tongland trip
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if you haven't already spotted it.

The Galloway Engineering factory where women made Galloway cars for women.

Apparently there is one in the transport museum.

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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby AntsMcMurdosch » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:22 am

This is great! My folks have a caravan down in Port William on the west coast, so I head down there to have a poke around 1 or 2 times per year.

I don't think I've got many photos, but I'll have a look. In the meantime, a couple of interesting places explored by other people:

RAF West Freugh. An interesting RAF base (with golfballs!) on the cusp of the Mull of Galloway.

I drive back and forth between Glasgow and the north of England for work, and two farm houses can be seen when coming back home just off the M74. There are no junctions close, but I grabbed rough GPS coordinates once and managed to track down a report from someone who visited there: http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/sh ... S8e7DAhPpY

Stranraer train station had a really old Scot Rail sign as well, I wonder if it's still there.

EDIT: found a picture of the sign: http://www.flickr.com/photos/46341292@N05/5458533668/
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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby The Egg Man » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:36 pm

A 120ft-high sculpture planned to be sited on the Border between Scotland and England has been given planning approval.

The Star of Caledonia, designed by Dumfriesshire artist Charles Jencks and designer Cecil Balmond, has moved one step closer to being built in a £5 million scheme.

The Gretna Landmark Trust now needs to find extra funding for construction this year.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home ... e.20366321

I'm not against public art but £5,000,000 at a time local authorities are making huge cuts???????
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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby Huggy » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:38 pm

Quite right Egg Man. Matheson Square Gardens springs immediately to mind.

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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby Sharon » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:26 pm

A wee bit of Hidden Galloway
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btw, I love The Star of Caledonia; judging its value is a hard one to make. It is striking, it is notable, its is memorable, and it is something that WILL draw attention. Looking at build cost only is a little simple. It might just make people take note of D&G, generate some pride and draw people into the region. Symbolism matters, and this symbolises so many positive things.
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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby Sharon » Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:25 pm

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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby Lucky Poet » Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:07 pm

Castle Douglas - Forward (once it thaws a bit)
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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby banjo » Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:23 pm

fancy chipping in for a lodge in lovely kippford.only.................£200,000.
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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby Sharon » Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:55 pm

banjo wrote:fancy chipping in for a lodge in lovely kippford.only.................£200,000.


I would be quite happy to be caretaker in residence!
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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby Vinegar Tom » Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:57 pm

banjo wrote:lovely kippford

You are not wrong there Banjo!

Sharon , I particularly like that first one. Are we on the 2nd or 3rd day of spring ? 8O
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Re: Dumfries and Galloway and that

Postby HollowHorn » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:06 pm

Godfrey Maps have just published one for Castle Douglas 1894.
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