Saturday, January 02, 2010

Doors Open Days Dumfries & Galloway 27th September 2009

The second day of Doors Open in Dumfries and Galloway. Our next stop was the recently restored Kirkdale Sawmill, probably the only operational water powered sawmill left in Scotland. It dates from the early 1800's

The working water wheel

Carving outside

Old farm machinery

Shaggy inkcap beside path

The mill lade

A nature trail leads to the mill pond and there are sculptures along the way

We disturbed a heron by the pond although I wasnt quick enough to get a photo!

Inside the sawmill

Just up the road from the sawmill is Cairn Holy, chambered cairns, well worth a visit especially when the weather is good as there are some great views.

Two remarkably complete Neolithic burial cairns, of a type characteristic of Galloway.

1 comment:

La Zia Artemisia said...

Beautiful pictures and lovely mill! Cairns are very impressive in this place, wonderful!
la Zia Artemisia