The campervan wheels are rolling again. After our visit last year to Arran we said we would give Scotland a miss this year as we always seem to be returning year on year.
We set off northwards towards the Scottish border. Obviously that memo wasn’t read.
Dumfries and Galloway Forest was our destination which is only just in Scotland.
Last year we passed through here on our way to catch the ferry to the Isle of Arran. After a little research it was apparent that we had missed so much that the area could give.
Our first night was spent at Castle Corner campsite, Caerlaverock. We stayed here last year as an overnight stop before catching the ferry to Arran.
It is a five pitch site used by the Motor caravan club, but open to non-members. It is a gem of a hide away, situated beside the nature reserve and within a short walk to Caerlaverock castle.
Based on the popular German Stellplatz design, the pitches are spacious, each provided with a picnic table. The fresh water, waste water and chemical toilet disposal point is situated near the gateway. A single toilet/wash basin is provided in a log cabin, which is kept clean and inspected on a regular basis.
Once we had settled in we decided to walk through the nature reserve to the nearby 13th century Caerlaverock castle.
The castle is triangular in shape surround by a moat and run by Historic Scotland.
After the long drive to get here and the walk to the castle we were exhausted, so we returned to the campervan for our evening meal.
We like to live dangerously and tackle change head on. Our first night meal of the usual meatballs and pasta in a homemade tomato sauce was replaced with a healthy option of chicken salad with minted Jersey potatoes. Like a walk on the wild side.
Castle Corner has calming, lay back effect, so we booked an extra night and took time to recover from the road trip to get here.
A full English breakfast started the day. After a leisurely tidy up and taking ruby for a short walk we drove to Dumfries for a wander around the town. As usual Ruby and I stood outside many shops chatting to Ruby’s many admirers. Dumfries is a bustling town with many well looked after Parks.
Robert Burns in Dumfries
Next stop was Morrison’s, where we bought a cooked pork hock joint and some crusty bread rolls, restocked the fridge and food cupboard with goodies.
We drove down to the car park beside the River Nith and had our lunch while watching the world go by.
We headed back to the campsite after having a drive around the surrounding area.
We had a lazy start to the Sunday morning and packed our gear away.
Sad to leave such a peaceful campsite were we are guaranteed a warm welcome, but we will be back again. Definitely recommended as a must visit campsite when in the area.