Northward to Kirkcudbright

Most of today was spent travelling from Snowdonia to Kirkcudbright in the Scottish Borders. However, I completely underestimated the distance we had to travel and hence the time it would take us to complete our journey.

We are visiting our friends Ian and Sarah in the tiny village of Borgue, just 4 miles from Kircudbright, and suggested that we’d arrive just after 17:00. At 10:30 in the morning we had finished the usual chores associated with leaving a caravan site and I suggested to Elaine that we should pop into Betws village centre for a mid-morning coffee before we departed. At about midday I tapped Ian and Sarah’s postcode into the satnav and was shocked when it suggested about 5½ hours travel time. This was without any stops and obviously didn’t take into account that we were travelling as a convoy with me in the motorhome and Elaine in the car.

The route up along the north Wales coast was at least bright and sunny, with gorgeous autumn colours at every turn. The only minor problem was the wind. It was so strong that the van was often caught in the gusts – it makes for entertaining and tiring driving.

We eventually arrived about 18:30 to an extremely warm welcome from Ian and Sarah (and son David) – with a cracking meal of home made beef curry.

About Cameron Speirs

Born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, Cameron, has been interested in outdoor pursuits since he was a wee lad. Over the last few decades he has climbed extensively in the Italian Dolomites as well as summiting the Matterhorn and several other 4000m alpine peaks. Closer to home he has spent many wonderful weekends mountaineering and biking in Snowdonia, Cairngorms, Glen Coe, Skye and Lochaber.
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