I love travelling in the Scottish borders, it's really nice countryside and the people are very friendly. I stopped in Kirk Yetholm, (which was a Gypsy village, in the old days), then I headed for Jedburgh and then Hawick. I busked with my bagpipes in both these towns and got a good reception.
This is typical countryside in this area, nice and wild and remote. The midges are very aggressive and torment the horses. Midges cannot fly in wind of more than 5 miles an hour so I headed down to the coast, where the sea breeze keeps the midges away. At this time of year the Cleggs, (horse-flies) are bad too.
Stopped on the river Nith a few miles south of Dumfries.
A lovely romantic stop at New Abbey.
Followed the coast round to Auchencairn and then Kirkudbright where I stopped on Doon Bay. This area was a traditional stopping place for Scottish travellers in the past.
I enjoyed seeing Stranraer pipe band marching through Port Patrick.
The Rhins of Galloway