Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Raiding the Borders

Blog and FaceAche followers may have picked up on our enthusiasm recently for "TheBorders" (all one word). By which we mean the borderlands between Scotland and England.

It is a most intriguing area, not quite Scotland and not quite England, but a separate culture. The best bit is that the word "TheBorders" translates into English as "Shhh! don't tell anyone". It is a less visited, hidden, remote and fantastically interesting place.

For some time we have been considering offering a Connoisseur's Tour to The Borders for those perhaps on a second visit to Scotland, or those looking to get beyond the Edinburgh-Lochness-Done-Home experience.

So why go to The Borders? Here's a few pics of our own trips into the hinterland.
There are things to see
Not all the locals are friendly but they're quite extraordinary

The former capital of England, 1000 years ago

The old spiritual practices still prevail

More old practices.  "Roast virgin, anyone?"
Our tour will travel from Edinburgh, south and west through Berwick (a town that still can't decide if it's in Scotland or England, but either way it's still officially at war with Tzarist Russia.)  

We'll move into the hills of Sir Walter Scott country, then down into northern England.
Walter Scott's favourite view.  The horse carrying Scott's coffin to Dryburgh Abbey stopped here of its own will.  One last look, Walter.
Dryburgh Abbey, nearly 900 years old

This is an area we have just made another reconnaissance trip into, travelling with our friends Vicki and Jim, who you might remember as tour guests on the Jamie and Claire Tour a couple of years ago.  We chose the area to visit with them as they wanted to renew their marriage vows.  The Scottish East March is wonderfully remote and romantic.  Did I mention the great romantic novelist Walter Scott?  He lived and loved here.

Vicki and Jim at their romantic retreat

Yes, they're orange.  The Borders... a strange place
It also has fabulous castles, gardens, Ale, wildlife, rolling hills, food, Ale, coastal views, Ale.

Castle garden, Northumberland, England

And when is the first tour?  Well, that depends on an expression of interest from you Connoisseurs.  Are you interested in seeing this remarkable area? We're itching to go in 2013, so start trawling the web for yourselves and looking into "Alnwick Castle" "Bambrugh" "Lindisfarne" "Peebles" "Northumberland".
Could you die having NOT been here?

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Winter Walks

Our local village has a Paths and Walking Group.  Today we led a nice, crisp winter walk up a gorge containing The De'il's Cauldron.

The light was that fabulous liquid light of a Scottish winter.


On the shaded side of Glen Lednock, the beech trees are covered in moss.

There were a few climbs

The Wee Cauldron:

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