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United Kingdom : Scotland

2.1 km (1.3 miles) NNW of Crossmichael, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK
Approx. altitude: 64 m (209 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 55°S 176°E

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: GPS montage #3: Welcome to Scotland #4: It's both the first & last house! #5: Lover's runaway destination #6: Panorama E through W #7: Normally just a trickle #8: Looking directly at the cp

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  55°N 4°W (visit #2)  

#1: Looking North

(visited by Gordon Spence)

26-Feb-2002 -- Having driven around 230 miles so far today, I decided to make the day out worthwhile and carry on to 55N 4W, besides it meant I could go "home" to Scotland (Pic 3). As many of you doubtless know, right at the border lies Gretna Green. Here you can see the first and the last house in Scotland (Pic 4), which for over one hundred and seventy years has been the destination of young lovers (Pic 5).

Taking the next left major exit onto the A75 and off West we go, I did in fact go past this point before - on Jan 12th when I did a first-time visit to 55N 5W - if I had known how close it was to the main road I would have stopped off then...the mapquest map is reasonably accurate, what it doesn't show is the fantastic scenery.

I had printed off the report of the previous visit and taken it with me. I called at the land-owners house and at first he didn't remember the previous visitors. When I explained about the project again he remembered quite clearly and was very pleased that I had brought him the report as he had lost the web address!

Wandering off into the field, I found the spot (Pic 2) about 70m from where I had parked the car. A bit too easy really compared to some others, almost like a disappointment if you know what I mean. Looking North from the cp (Pic 1) you can see the lovely house, the panorama shot from the cp E through W (Pic 6) shows the superb views that it enjoys.

Making my way back to the main road, I noticed that what was normally just a trickle had swollen considerably and flooded the opposite field (Pic 7). I stopped for one more shot, looking directly at the cp (Pic 8). Off now to 55N 2W.


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#1: Looking North
#2: GPS montage
#3: Welcome to Scotland
#4: It's both the first & last house!
#5: Lover's runaway destination
#6: Panorama E through W
#7: Normally just a trickle
#8: Looking directly at the cp
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