A warm dry day today, so off for a ride. Into Dumfries, then up the A701 as far as the turning for the Ae Forest. I stopped to take in the view from Ae Village which was originally built for Forestry Commission workers.
Then on through the forest and eventually turned on to an even more minor road.
Emerging from the forest, the road headed north into a remote area of moorland and hills, with just a few isolated farms.
Climbing steadily, it reached a high point with a panoramic view across Nithsdale.
Eventually, it led down to Thornhill, from where I headed west through Tynron, and climbed steeply up the road to Moniaive. View back towards Tynron:
View down over Moniaive and across Glencairn:
From Moniaive I took the hill road towards Dalry, with more fine scenery. To slightly misquote Julie Andrews: " High on a hill was a lonely cludgie."
View from the Dalry road across the Glenkens to the Rhins of Kells:
Then southwards down the A714 beside Loch Ken (view looking north):
Eventually the hills of home appeared ahead:
As a trip, it doesn’t compare with Wim’s spectacular Montenegrin scenery, I’m afraid, and was only 120 miles, but I enjoyed it, I didn’t encounter any Serbian policemen, and I was home in time for tea.