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Castles and Lake District
Updated September 5,2006
Our last port in Scotland was Kirkcudbright. We had to wait for the tide and entered the river at night, following lights up to the marina. Next morning we awoke to mud banks.
low tide in the Dee River
Emma and her new friends catching crabs
Threave Castle on an island in the Dee
home of Archibald the Grim Douglas
In the tourist bureau we noticed a poster for gathering of Border Reivers at Buitle Tower. Not sure what to expect, "a bothering of Balderics?," we had a wonderful day learning about life in the Middle Ages.
doffing a suit of armour
firing a blackpowder musket
blacksmith at his anvil
From Kidcudbright we sailed across Solway Bay to Whitehaven, the nearest port to the Lakes District. We rented a car for a pilgrimage to Coniston Waters, where Arthur Ransome set his Swallows and Amazons series of books in the 1930's.
glimpse of Wildcat Island, aka Peel Island
Next morning we drove over to the Windermere Steamboat Museum.
Emma with the Amazon, based on the Mavis
Captain Flint's houseboat was based on the Esperance
inside the Esperance
launch about to depart for a cruise