It has been dull and cool here recently but, for the sake of my sanity, I had to get out on the bike. So I wrapped up and headed for the coldest place I know.
The villages of Leadhills and Wanlockhead are the highest and (probably) coldest in the country. Surprisingly they aren't in the Highlands but only 36 miles south of Glasgow in the Southern Uplands. They owe their existence to the gold, silver & lead, that were mined in this area.
|As in other places wind turbines are a contentious issue
|The graveyard contains the tomb of John Taylor who allegedly lived to the age of 137
|His story, and I'm sure it's just a story
|The miners' library is the oldest subscription library in the country
|The red roads of Lanarkshire. The red stone comes from the Cairngryffe quarry near Biggar. I worked in the local roads department and this stone was known to be slippery in the wet. So be careful if you find yourself on a red road in the rain.
|The roads in the area were quiet and pleasantly winding
|You know when you're on the real back roads when there's a strip of grass up the middle
|I continued on to Dumfries and then Glencaple. Here the River Nith is about to enter the Solway Firth
|East of Dumfries I came across the Brow Well. The iron-rich water was once thought to be benificial for various ailments. I wasn't able to put it to the test since the well was dry.