Barholm Wood, between Castle Douglas and Newton Stewart
|Length:||95.4 mi (153.5 km)|
|Existed:||1923 – present|
J22 → A74(M) motorway
|Carlisle, Gretna, Dumfries, Stranraer|
The A75 is a major road in Scotland, linking the ferry port of Stranraer with the motorway network close to the English border.
Heading west along the south coast of Scotland from its junction with the A74(M) motorway at Gretna it continues past Eastriggs, Annan, Dumfries, Castle Douglas, Gatehouse of Fleet, through Wigtownshire at Newton Stewart, Kirkcowan and Glenluce before ending at Stranraer.
The majority of the road is of single-carriageway standard, although a few short dual carriageway sections exist, including a one mile section past Gretna, a section past Collin (just east of Dumfries) and also a two mile section just west of Dumfries.
There are only two service stations on the A75: one at Collin on the eastern edge of Dumfries, and one at Castle Kennedy to the east of Stranraer. The northern part of the Wigtown and Whithorn Tour in Wigtownshire goes along the A75.
The dual carriageway west of Dumfries opened in 1999 to replace the old wooded route. The single-carriageway road has been upgraded to a very high standard in recognition of the heavy freight traffic it carries between the M74/M6 and the ferry ports for Northern Ireland at Stranraer and Cairnryan, and only two settlements are now not bypassed by it (at Springholm and Crocketford, both lying around 10 miles west of Dumfries).
In 2008, again prompted by the volume of freight traffic, the Scottish Government carried out improvement works on the A75 to introduce additional overtaking opportunities, usually by widening the road to offer two uphill lanes for a stretch: these are at Aird east of Stranraer, west from the Newton Stewart roundabout, and in the Castle Douglas area.
A fifteen-mile stretch of the A75, between Annan and Dumfries, is reported to be haunted.
Reports Of Haunting
A lorry driver ran into a couple crossing the road arm-in-arm in front of his lorry, but when he stopped the accident victims had vanished: sometime in 1957.
Derek and Norman Ferguson were driving along the A75 near Kinmount, around midnight, when a large hen flew towards their window screen, but vanished on the point of impact. The hen was followed by an old lady who ran towards the car waving her outstretched arms. She was followed by a screaming man with long hair and further animals, including 'great cats, wild dogs, goats, more hens and other fowl, and stranger creatures', who all disappeared. The temperature then dropped, and when the brothers stopped the car, it began to sway violently back and forth. Derek got out of the car and the movement stopped. He climbed back in and then, finally, a vision of a furniture van came towards them before disappearing.
A group of Eastriggs women saw a 'weird' looking phantom or creature' on the Kinmount straight.
Garson and Monica Miller of Annan were driving east on the Kinmount section of the A75, near Annan, when they saw someone in their path. It was the figure of a middle aged man, wearing a hessian sack folded over his head and his hands were outstretched towards the direction of the car, with what looked like a rag in his hand. Driving at 60 mph the couple was convinced they had hit the man, and reversed back to the spot, but the figure had gone. The incident was reported to the police in Annan.
Donna Maxwell, 27, was convinced she had hit a man in the road whilst driving along the A75 near Swordwellrig with her two children. Travelling at 50 mph she saw the man jump out in front of her, about two feet in front of her car. He was in his 30's, with short hair, wearing a red top and dark trouser. She braked hard, involuntarily closing her eyes and bracing for impact. When she opened her eyes, the car had stopped but there was no sign of the man. She contacted the police and the area was searched but there was no evidence of an accident. A description of the accident issued to the media a week later failed to provide any further explanation of the accident.
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