After a relaxed breakfast we were on the bikes and bidding our castle farewell as we hit the road and started to make our way North. After a few miles of wonderful twisty farm roads we were crossing back in to beautiful Scotland!
A quick coffee stop at the ‘Old Toll Bar’ right on England/Scotland border was a great stop and we got to walk around the ‘Auld Acquaintance Cairn’.
Shortly after the coffee stop we rode through the small town of Port William where I had spent the first eight years of my life growing up. Not much has changed in this little fishing town in the last 30 years but it was fun to reminisce for the rest of the day while taking in the great riding and coastal views.
You know that you are in for a wonderful nights stay when you see the ‘Relais & Chateaux’ plaque at the entrance to a hotel.
However, it could be in Scotland where you see the plaque, walk through the entrance and the fist thing you stumble across is a large pile of wellington boots (wellies) at the front door for guests to use to walk around the stunning garden on rainy days. We lucked out and did have to dawn on a pair of wellies.
We met in the library for a pre-dinner drink before being escorted to our table in the private dining room.
My parents were able to join us for an absolutely wonderful six course dinner put together by the castles chef and staff. Our wonderful dinner ending with a beautiful sunset over the island of Ailsa Craig from which stone is mined to make curling stones. Another great day in Scotland! :)