Monday, August 15, 2016

Penpont and Kier Mill Walk

Rob, Brock and I took a picnic with us and made the most of the warm weather today with a walk at Penpont and Keir Mill, north of Dumfries. A similar walk can be found at #2 in this walk leaflet PDF.

 A capsid bug with unfortunate passenger (scarlet parasitic spider mite larvae, we think)

 River Scar

The walk leads you along an overgrown pathway next to the river.

 Keir Mill Church

Kirkpatrick MacMillan's grave (this is found in a separate graveyard in the village, not the one next to the church). He invented the bicycle in c.1840.


 Walking back along the road towards Penpont

The blacksmiths where Macmillan grew up and worked

There is a café, and a shop in Penpont, where we bought a drink and ice cream. Afterwards, we drove on to Thornhill for a look around the lovely gifts in the Thomas Tosh Art Gallery/Café, and bought a couple of novels in the Canine Defence League shop.
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