After yet more work to clear the carbs of my XJR I grabbed the excuse to take her for a test ride when I was done. First stop was Skyreburn tearoom on the A75 for a cuppa then along to Creetown – famous for it’s Country & Western extravaganza every summer.
There were no stagecoachs being held up as I took the hill road up past the Gem Stone Museum & Workshop. Well worth a visit on it’s own if you are down that way with a tidy coffee shop, sales area and clean toilets. I love the singletrack road from Creetown over to the long since closed Gatehouse of Fleet railway station and I don’t need much excuse to stop by this bridge and get the camera out —
The road itself has been resurfaced using the cheap tar & chip method and has a generous covering of loose chippings. They aren’t a problem for my Tenere with it’s semi-knobblies but the XJR has normal road tyres so it pays to take care. From the junction by the defunct railway siding an unfenced road runs down to the usefull visitor centre by the farm. The centre is un-manned but it has video info – leaflets and again – clean toilets.
After the farm a dirt road goes by Cairnsmoor of Fleet viaduct all the way through to Clatteringshaws Loch but it’s really only for hikers and cyclists after the viaduct.
The picture below from an earlier visit with my Tenere gives a better view of the viaduct —
My last pic shows the XJR at Clatteringshaws Loch near the northern end of that dirt track running up through the forest from the viaduct —
That’s another Post rescued – I’m almost done 🙂