Allan and Terri J


Allan and Terri J

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Roxburghshire » Kelso September 14th 2019

Today we spent the day at the Food Festival held at the Floors Castle. The displays and food vendors were very interesting and English traditional. We also went through the castle which is the largest inhabited house in Scotland. It was built in 1721 and has been enhanced through the next century. It is owned by the Duke of Roxburghe the eleventh. It has some very outstanding paintings, porcelain, tapestries and furniture. Strong winds but no Scottish rain. After reaching “Home” we picked a few plums that were left off the tree. Cheers... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling September 13th 2019

A gentle drive through the English winding roads to the Stirling Castle. On the journey we visited the Kelpies. The Kelpies name reflected the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland's inland waterways. The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area. The park is named Helix which is a very beautiful community park. We moved on to the Falkirk Wheel which is a rotating boat lift in central Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The lift reconnects the two canals for the first time since the 1930s completed in 2002. We travelled ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 12th 2019

A good day with only a wee bit of rain. Travelled by train to Edinburgh. We walked the Royal Mike and Princess Street. We viewed the Scottish Parliament and Museum of Edinburgh. Lots to see in Edinburgh and worthy of several more days. Cheers... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Roxburghshire » Melrose September 11th 2019

Awesome day again. We were picked up perfectly on time by our Scottish Friend Dave in Lindisfarne. We drove across the Causeway on to Bamburgh Castle which is one of the largest inhabited castles in the UK. It was an important strategic placed to protect the island in medieval times. It was the capital of the Northumbria Kingdom. It has an awesome armorer and a grand hall. Rooms filled with artifacts from a variety of eras. We drove back through Jedburgh and revisited the Abbey and Mary Queen of Scots residence before her escape to England and eventual demise by Elizabeth the first. A quick drive back to Melrose for an grand dinner. Relaxing great day Cheers. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Berwick-upon-Tweed September 10th 2019

Yahoo! Last day of the walk complete. About 7,500 steps or about 5.5km from the causeway to the hotel with a few extra steps drying our feet and a little diversion. BUT ... we never got lost!!!!! Total steps today 20,956 after we viewed the Abbey, lighthouse, castle and gardens. A very good day. Up early as we need to cross the ocean floor while the tide had receded. Terri was panicking for the last few days. It was a straight line filled with mud, hard packed sand, seaweed and green algae. It was a extreme change every dozen or so steps. Reaching the shore was a great feeling of success, a crossing of the finish line. We spent the rest of the day wondering through the Abbey, Castle, lawns and the town. We had a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Berwick-upon-Tweed September 9th 2019

38,800 steps, 28.5 km. We woke to a morning of hard rain and our thoughts quickly moved to being drenched for the day, wet and miserable. By the time we finished a bit of breakfast the hard rain had passed and our spirits were relieved and hopeful of a better day. We started off in a steady drizzle which over the next few hours became less and less. Through the morning we took off the extra three layers we started with and by mid day we’re were in short sleeves. Initially the path had some elevation gain and the whole day was filled with up hills only to descend shortly thereafter until we reached the North Sea. Through the day we had narrow paths through fern covered forest floors and through pastures of cows and sheep. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Wooler September 8th 2019

34,680 steps, 25.5 km. Another great day for weather. The signage needs a bit of improvement as we took detours twice so probably added 1.5 km extra. Also soaked the hiking shoes going over a stream. We passed over the English Scottish boarded today. We are now in Wooler England. The hike on Scotland side was hilly in the beginning with several peeks and valleys. There was a lot of sheep resulting in some very fine fields and scenery. The English side seemed a lot more rugged and scenery less kept. We did experience a lot of English bog throughout the higher elevation. Over all it was a grand day for a walk. Tonight we are dining in a fine Italian Resturant, Milan. Cheers ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Roxburghshire » Kirk Yetholm September 7th 2019

16,350 steps or 12.2lm. A shorter day again as we headed up the mountain to the highest peak of St Cuthbert’s Way. We shared the pathway with cattle and sheep. Some unwilling to move, unthreaded and unthreatening. It was a little steep on both the incline and the decent but a very pleasant day in all including the weather. We are just inside Scotland near the English boarder. Staying at the Boarder Hotel with a nice little pub and dining area. Again great staff. Cheers ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Roxburghshire » Jedburgh September 6th 2019

24000 steps and 16 km. Seems the book is wrong or they haven’t updated it and the route has maybe changed. Woke up at 7 am to hard rain and we were concerned about the days walk. By breakfast the rain had stopped and the sun was shining. It was a very pleasant day with the sun shinning but the wind held a coolness. We walked through cattle country, harvested fields and forests with pleasant paths. The forest had its own intrigue with meadows of ferns. During the walk we could see about us rain but it stayed away all day. The last few kilometres were spent walking on pavement which isn’t easy on your feet. In all it was a short days walk and once reaching Morebattle, our stay for the evening, we relaxed with ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Roxburghshire » Melrose September 5th 2019

They lied. It was only to be 23 km and it ended up 34 km and 44000 steps. (As per Fitbit.). Ok.. we did get a little lost in the forest coming down from the saddle out from Melrose but that was well less than “1” km. I’m Tired!! Feet tired!! It was a grand trip up the hills out of Melrose. There were about 130 steps to climb and many more Km’s To the saddle. All fantastic. Going down from the saddle was nice as you are walking through forest. The markings need to be clearer, larger and bold. I need to share that signage on this leg was less than perfect. This part of Scotland and England are often wet. They really need a little tender loving care to put small gravel in the ... read more

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