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Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017  2017 has been designated the year of celebration for Scotland’s wealth of riches in history, heritage and archaeology. Dumfries & Galloway (D&G) has a great many sites including some unique to the region. This year is wide ranging including as it does ancient monuments, listed buildings, cultural traditions and local myths and legends. History and heritage already bring visitors to the area, but this year gives us the opportunity to highlight some places that may be overlooked. The regions art and literature is boundless; everyone knows of Robert Burns, but did you know that John Buchan’s “The 39 Steps” has Richard Hannay chased around the region and Dorothy L Sayers’ “Five Red Herrings” is set around the town of Kirkcudbright. Gavin Maxwell, of “Ring of Bright Water” fame is probably one of our most famous local writers. History Christianity St Ninian founded Christianity at Whithorn, building a white stone church from which the  Royal Burgh takes its name. There is a very good museum covering the history Whithorn and  particularly concentrating on its Christian heritage. A separte museum houses stone crosses  of a design unique to D&G. The nearby late medeival Pend archway has King James the Fourth coat of arms and those of  Bishop Vance at the base. A number of abbeys can be found : Glenluce - built in 1190 it is open to the public Dundrennan - built in 1142 it once hosted Mary Queen of Scots. Tower Houses We have few Castles in the traditional sense - instead we have a large number of tower houses, both fully intact and open to the public or a complete ruin in a field. Here are a few: Isle of Whithorn (privately owned) used in the film “The Wickerman” Sorbie Tower well preserved but in ruins Sinniness - only part of one wall remains Stranraer - St Johns Castle open to the public Orchardton - a very unusual round Tower House, open to the public Dunskey - a ruin in a spectacular location near cliff edge above Port Patrick Along the A75 you will see two Tower Houses close to the road at Cardoness and Carsluith. Caerlaverock - a triangular castle with turrets. Heritage Gavin Maxwell He was raised in the village of Elrig, near Port William. His family's ancient estate and grounds (which are open to the public) are in nearby Monreith. A bronze otter memorial to Gavin Maxwell can be found at St Medans which also combines archaeology as the stone below has a cup and ring marking. Science & Invention Dumfries & Galloway gave birth to some of the nations great scientists and inventors. Two examples are the famous physicist James Clerk Maxwell (a branch of the Monreith Maxwell family) and Kirkpatrick Macmillan was a Scottish blacksmith from Keir who invented the pedal driven bicycle. World Wars The Devil’s Porridge museum recently housed in a purpose build museum tells the story of the making of munitions by canarys - women dyed yellow by the chemicals they worked with. Garlieston was the base from which the Mulberry Harbour was designed and trailed while Wigtown an Castle Kennedy had World War 2 RAF training airfields. Films A number of films have been in part or in full in the region. You will find a dedicated “Film” page on this website - see buttons above. Archaeology  Torhouse Stone Circle - one of the best preserved in Scotland Crouse Hole Stone Wren’s Egg - large glacial erratic boulder  Hill of Glasserton - extensive settlement earthworks  Drumtrodden Standing Stones - sadly only one remain upright  You will see many Cup and Ring sites marked on Ordance Survey maps, however, many have  been allowed to become grown over to preserve them. Ones that can be seen well are:  Stone base of Gavin Maxwell otter memorial  - St Medans  Drumtrodden Farm - 4 areas of flat sone with large cup and ring marks  Nr Glasserton Fell - large flat rock outcrop with over 20 markings.  Ring Hill Fort nr Garlieston - large oval earthworks  A fantastic discovery in 2014 has been the iron age Black Lock village on the Monreith Estate which should see more excavation in 2017. Note - trenches have been filled in there is nothing to see on the site. History and Archaeology are two subjects we are very interested in so we have lots of books and information at the B&B. Please note the links on this page are to third party sites of which we have no control over the content. Scotland right to roam policy means that even if a ruin is located in a field it can still be visited, although care needs to be taken not to both livestock or damage crops.
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Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017  2017 has been designated the year of celebration for  Scotland’s wealth of riches in history, heritage and  archaeology. Dumfries & Galloway (D&G) has a great many sites  including some unique to the region. This year is wide  ranging including as it does ancient monuments, listed  buildings, cultural traditions and local myths and  legends. History and heritage already bring visitors to the area, but  this year gives us the opportunity to highlight some places that  may be overlooked.  The regions art and literature is boundless; everyone knows of  Robert Burns, but did you know that John Buchan’s “The 39 Steps”  has Richard Hannay chased around the region and Dorothy L  Sayers’ “Five Red Herrings” is set around the town of  Kirkcudbright. Gavin Maxwell, of “Ring of Bright Water” fame is  probably one of our most famous local writers.   History  Christianity   St Ninian founded Christianity at Whithorn, building  a white stone church from which the Royal Burgh  takes its name. There is a very good museum  covering the history Whithorn and particularly  concentrating on its Christian heritage. A separte  museum houses stone crosses of a design unique to  D&G.  The nearby late medeival Pend archway has King  James the Fourth coat of arms and those of Bishop Vance at the  base. A number of abbeys can be found : Glenluce - built in 1190 it is open to the public  Dundrennan - built in 1142 it once hosted Mary Queen of Scots. Tower Houses We have few Castles in the traditional sense - instead we have a  large number of tower houses, both fully intact and  open to the public or a complete ruin in a field.  Here are a few: Isle of Whithorn (privately owned) used in the film  “The Wickerman”  Sorbie Tower well preserved but in ruins  Sinniness - only part of one wall remains  Stranraer - St Johns Castle open to the public Orchardton - a very unusual round Tower House,  open to the public Dunskey - a ruin in a spectacular location near cliff edge above Port Patrick Along the A75 you will see two Tower Houses close to the road at  Cardoness and Carsluith.  Caerlaverock - a triangular castle with turrets. Heritage  Gavin Maxwell  He was raised in the village of Elrig, near Port  William. His family's ancient estate and grounds  (which are open to the public) are in nearby  Monreith. A bronze otter memorial to Gavin Maxwell  can be found at St Medans which also combines  archaeology as the stone below has a cup and ring  marking.  Science & Invention  Dumfries & Galloway gave birth to some of the nations great  scientists and inventors. Two examples are the famous physicist  James Clerk Maxwell (a branch of the Monreith Maxwell family) and  Kirkpatrick Macmillan was a Scottish blacksmith from Keir who  invented the pedal driven bicycle. World Wars The Devil’s Porridge museum recently housed in a purpose build  museum tells the story of the making of munitions by canarys -  women dyed yellow by the chemicals they worked with. Garlieston was the base from which the Mulberry Harbour was  designed and trailed while Wigtown an Castle Kennedy had World  War 2 RAF training airfields.  Films  A number of films have been in part or in full in the region. You will  find a dedicated “Film” page on this website - see buttons above. Archaeology  Torhouse Stone Circle - one of the best  preserved in Scotland Crouse Hole Stone  Wren’s Egg - large glacial erratic boulder  Hill of Glasserton - extensive settlement  earthworks  Drumtrodden Standing Stones - sadly only one  remain upright  You will see many Cup and Ring sites marked on  Ordance Survey maps, however, many have been  allowed to become grown over to preserve them.  Ones that can be seen well are: Stone base of Gavin Maxwell otter memorial  - St  Medans Drumtrodden Farm - 4 areas of flat sone with large  cup and ring marks  Nr Glasserton Fell - large flat rock outcrop with over  20 markings.  Ring Hill Fort nr Garlieston - large oval  earthworks  A fantastic discovery in 2014 has been the  iron age Black Lock village on the Monreith  Estate which should see more excavation in 2017. Note - trenches have been filled in there is  nothing to see on the site. History and Archaeology are two subjects we are  very interested in so we have lots of books and  information at the B&B.  Please note the links on this page are to third party sites of which  we have no control over the content. Scotland right to roam policy means that even if a ruin is located in  a field it can still be visited, although care needs to be taken not to both livestock or damage crops.
Tel No : 01988 500594 Email  : cottage@fireflyuk.net
Updated 4thJune 2017       Copyright 2016 Craiglemine Cottage B&B      All images are copyright – M Alexander unless otherwise stated
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Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017  2017 has been designated the year of celebration for Scotland’s wealth of  riches in history, heritage and archaeology. Dumfries & Galloway (D&G) has a great many sites including some unique  to the region. This year is wide ranging including as it does ancient  monuments, listed buildings, cultural traditions and local myths and  legends. History and heritage already bring visitors to the area, but this  year gives us the opportunity to highlight some places that may be  overlooked.  The regions art and literature is boundless; everyone knows of Robert Burns, but did you  know that John Buchan’s “The 39 Steps” has Richard Hannay chased around the region  and Dorothy L Sayers’ “Five Red Herrings” is set around the town of Kirkcudbright. Gavin  Maxwell, of “Ring of Bright Water” fame is probably one of our most famous local writers.   History  Christianity   St Ninian founded Christianity at Whithorn, building a white stone church  from which the Royal Burgh takes its name. There is a very good museum  covering the history Whithorn and particularly concentrating on its Christian heritage. A separte museum houses stone crosses of a design unique to  D&G.  The nearby late medeival Pend archway has King James the Fourth coat of  arms and those of Bishop Vance at the base. A number of abbeys can be found : Glenluce - built in 1190 it is open to the public  Dundrennan - built in 1142 it once hosted Mary Queen of Scots. Tower Houses We have few Castles in the traditional sense - instead we have a large  number of tower houses, both fully intact and open to the public or a  complete ruin in a field.  Here are a few: Isle of Whithorn (privately owned) used in the film “The Wickerman”  Sorbie Tower well preserved but in ruins  Sinniness - only part of one wall remains  Stranraer - St Johns Castle open to the public Orchardton - a very unusual round Tower House, open to the public Dunskey - a ruin in a spectacular location near cliff edge above Port Patrick Along the A75 you will see two Tower Houses close to the road at Cardoness and  Carsluith.  Caerlaverock - a triangular castle with turrets. Heritage  Gavin Maxwell  He was raised in the village of Elrig, near Port William. His family's ancient  estate and grounds (which are open to the public) are in nearby Monreith.  A bronze otter memorial to Gavin Maxwell can be found at St Medans which  also combines archaeology as the stone below has a cup and ring marking.  Science & Invention  Dumfries & Galloway gave birth to some of the nations great scientists and  inventors. Two examples are the famous physicist James Clerk Maxwell (a branch of the  Monreith Maxwell family) and Kirkpatrick Macmillan was a Scottish blacksmith from Keir  who invented the pedal driven bicycle. World Wars  The Devil’s Porridge museum recently housed in a purpose build museum tells the story  of the making of munitions by canarys - women dyed yellow by the chemicals they  worked with. Garlieston was the base from which the Mulberry Harbour was designed and trailed while  Wigtown an Castle Kennedy had World War 2 RAF training airfields.  Films A number of films have been in part or in full in the region. You will find a dedicated  “Film” page on this website - see buttons above. Archaeology Torhouse Stone Circle - one of the best preserved in Scotland Crouse Hole Stone  Wren’s Egg - large glacial erratic boulder  Hill of Glasserton - extensive settlement earthworks  Drumtrodden Standing Stones - sadly only one remain upright  You will see many Cup and Ring sites marked on Ordance Survey maps,  however, many have been allowed to become grown over to preserve  them. Ones that can be seen well are: Stone base of Gavin Maxwell otter memorial  - St Medans  Drumtrodden Farm - 4 areas of flat sone with large cup and ring marks  Nr Glasserton Fell - large flat rock outcrop with over 20 markings.  Ring Hill Fort nr Garlieston - large oval earthworks  A fantastic discovery in 2014 has been the iron age Black Lock village on  the Monreith Estate which should see more excavation in 2017. Note -  trenches have been filled in there is nothing to see on the site. History and Archaeology are two subjects we are very interested  in so we have lots of books and information at the B&B. Please note the links on this page are to third party sites of which we have no control  over the content. Scotland right to roam policy means that even if a ruin is located in a field it can still be  visited, although care needs to be taken not to both livestock or damage crops.