Blog and Facething 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?"|
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|
|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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