off up north part 3.

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Leaving Edinburgh we travelled through Sterling without stopping and on to Balmaha on Loch Lomond. what a beautiful place free parking with nice walks for Sue and the dogs
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The loch is so large you could easily spend a week or more just travelling around it. next stop was Balloch Country park.
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the castle was closed for renovation but the grounds overlooking the loch are well kept and in their autumnal glory, I even managed to hobble around them. It now started to rain quite heavily for the first time on the trip with gales forecast for the coming weekend so we decided to start heading south again. First though we had to visit Cazzanach (Carol) in Airdrie. We travelled via Dumbarton where we visited the maritime museum, quite small but very interesting as it homed the flow tank used to evaluate various ship designs. The number of ships built at this small yard on the Clyde is amazing and I collected several photos of ship built there. We arrived in Airdrie to find Carol was out but she was not gone long.
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Seeing we were bedraggled and starving to death, quite obvious from a simple glance at us we were invited to stay for dinner and treated to a sumptuous Chinese meal, we were so stuffed I could not even manage coffee. Thanks for a very memorable visit. I introduced Carol to the joys of google earth and found our next port of call. Galloway and Dumfries
, from google earth we could see it was mountainous and it did not disappoint.
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For the first time we really felt like we were in Scotland. Shopping on the way we managed to sample the pleasures of dumpling, tablet, pancakes, and Edinburgh ginger cake, not forgetting the humble haggis of course all of which were very more-sum.
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