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Hadrian's Wall

Hadrians' Wall

Hadrians' Wall

Roslyn Chapel

Roslyn Chapel

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

A storm is brewing

A storm is brewing


What a great day! Started off by visiting Roslyn chapel of Da Vinci code fame. Unfortunately the outside was covered in scaffolding but the detailed stone masonry on the inside was some of the most elaborate I have seen although the 9GBP entry was a bit steep. From Roslyn I travelled to Melrose Abbey, the alleged burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart, not body which is buried elsewhere. Robert the Bruce was the actual Braveheart not William Wallace as depicted in the movie. Melrose Abbey was more complete that Whitby Abbey but lacked the pristine location. Nonetheless I enjoyed the old ruins.

From Melrose we crossed the English border to Hadrian's Wall. It was an interesting drive along the rolling hills of the region. The initial drive is along Scottish built roads. These roads hug the contours of the hills meaning the drive is twists and winds across the land. As we neared Hadrian's wall we started using the older Roman built roads. These roads go straight up & over the hills resulting in a roller coaster ride. On the way I noticed a paddock containing a flock of just black sheep. It was an odd sight. Wish there was a place to stop so I could have taken a pic. At Hadrian's Wall the weather was looking threatening but I decided to take the risk and venture out to walk one of the better preserved sections of the wall. There was a low lying mist on the hills creating an atmospheric view. Soon the heavens opened and with no cover around I was soaked. The downpour was only short but the damage was done. After the rain the mist cleared giving a better view to the grand scope of the wall. The views were truly magnificent. However it was a long, soggy trip back to Edinburgh.

Posted by adtamo 12:11 Archived in United Kingdom

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