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Train depot, Dumfries238 viewsI started out early in the morning and boarded the train at Newton Station ("near" Cambuslang, although there is a Cambuslang train station as well) and headed south to Dumfries. I spent most of the day there with John Colvin who I had been introduced to (via e-mail) by my "hosts", Paul and Heini Euliano, who had graciously offered the use of their home as a base for my stay; even though they were visiting friends/family in the USofA. From Dumfries we travelled to many of the places my ancestors had lived, and others that John thought I should see.
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Scott Miller "in close"261 viewsA "close" is like a covered alley. Many exist in Dun Eideann (Edinburgh), and I saw at least one in Dumfries. Perhaps the most famous is Mary King's Close, in Dun Eideann (Edinburgh); http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_King's_Close
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Devorgilla Bridge (over the River Nith); Dumfries, Scotland273 viewsDating from the 15th century, it is the oldest surviving multiple-arched bridge in Scotland, and named after Devorgilla de Balliol who founded Sweetheart Abbey. For more information about Devorgilla see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devorgilla
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Cullen Skink (with garlic bread)250 viewsNear the end of my visit with Scott, in Dun Eideann, I was a wee bit peckish and we decided to have a slice of pizza at Mamma's American Pizza Company. Well, when I looked at the menu and saw "Cullen Skink" my heart leapt for joy. Cullen skink is a version of skink (stew) that was developed in Cullen, and uses finnan haddie (smoked haddock) rather than beef. I knew of it from an episode of Monarch of the Glen, and wanted to try it. Scott was game as well and we pronounced it delicious. Since then mo bhean (my wife) Jacqueline has made it at home. There's another story to go along with the experience; send an email to me if you are interested; be sure to ask about cullen skink, train depot.
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Criffel Hill, Dumfries, Scotland459 viewsTaken through the window of John Colvin's auto whilst driving down (I believe) the A710.
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Birth place of USN (United State Navy) hero John Paul Jones, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland240 viewsOverlooking the Solway Firth. Yes, those are palm trees. It was a brilliant day, but the parking lot was a sheet of ice.
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Ben Lomond262 viewsIf I recall correctly this was taken from a car park near Arden along the A82, looking across Loch Lomond. My friends Gordon and Margaret Campbell, whom I stayed with in Duntocher, were taking me to see Helensburgh.
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