The Gate House of Fleet, to us is a stop off town en route to The Machars, we park in the car park by the river, use the facilities, buy some provisions at the Spar, or nice deli/cafe, have a picnic. But it's more than that, it's a stunning large village with picturesque streets, the leafy Cally woodland walks, stunning when the snowdrops are out, oh and bags of history such as in a former textile mill - now a visitor centre with a museum, exhibitions, a TIC and bookshop.
Originally a planned town built for industry, four cotton mills, a tannery, a brewery, a bobbin mill, indeed Gate House of Fleet was named, 'Glasgow of the South' would you believe.
The gait was originally a stagecoach inn built by the local landlords The Murrays, the gait-house (toll) was beside the bridge over the Fleet, the river. Hence the village became the Gatehouse of Fleet. And on a journey horse drawn coaches and travellers were wise to rest there than risk going west, when at the time the lawless lurked the roads, such as they were.