Today, in the spirit of my training for that #1000 miles, we had a ramble around the Newtown St Boswells area. We followed directions from a leaflet called ‘Walks Around Newtown St Boswells’ compiled by Roger French. We didn’t quite manage to follow his instructions but still managed to complete the walk, despite the cold and the frost which is still lying on the ground.
I thought I’d better just check in and let you know I’m still here! We’ve done almost no walking since our return from Arran, which is shocking I know. Anyway – plans are afoot to go for the #1000 miles challenge again next year, so I’ve decided some training is needed! Continue reading →
We were almost defeated by the torrential rain today, almost but not quite! Having taken a whisky distillery tour at Lochranza Distillery during the worst of the weather, we decided to go for it between showers. And we were lucky……we stayed dry. As we were in Lochranza anyway we took a walk along the coast and then up over the hills, looking for the elusive ‘Fairy Dell’ before descending again into Lochranza. About 4 miles I think – although the pedometer has packed up so its just guesswork (I judge distances by the pain in my feet and knees these days!!).
Today we visited Lochranza (Loch = lake; ranza = norse for Rowan Tree) where there is not only amazing scenery, but a whisky distillery which has a particularly lovely restaurant. We had delicious Split Pea and Courgette Soup followed by their famous Warm Brownie and Arran Gold Ice Cream…….scrumptious! Though not particularly conducive to being followed by rambling! However, we managed a couple of miles along Catacol Burn towards Gleann Diomhan before the rain came down and the lateness of the hour sent us back again the way we came (I’m not mentioning the fact that someone forgot the map and walk book….). We were very lucky and tracked down the source of the bellowing which followed us along the way to the local stag population.
Mr RR and I are having a wee break on the beautiful Isle of Arran. Today we walked 8 miles around Lamlash and the Clauchland Hills before a trip to see the Glenashdale Falls at Whiting Bay. Here are some highlights:
Route: From St Abbs National Trust Car Park, along coast path to St Abb’s Headland and then inland alongside Mire Loch.
Distance: 4.5 miles/7 km
What a stunning walk! Despite the rain and fog, this may be one of the best walks yet since we’ve been in Scotland.
Following on from last week’s ramble to Coldingham Sands, we decided to explore the coastline further. This National Nature Reserve managed by the National Trust for Scotland is just along the road. At some point we’ll put them together to make one longer day out – with soup and sandwiches in our back packs I think!
Route: From Coldingham village to Coldingham Sands, along the coast path to St Abbs and back to Coldingham via the Creel Path.
In 616AD Aethelfrith, first King of Northumberland, was killed in battle. His family, including his daughter Æbbe fled northwards finally settling on Iona where they were converted to Christianity. Later Æbbe established a community of monks and nuns at Kirkhill – now known as St Abb’s Head.
This ramble was more than week or so ago…..just playing catch up!
Ms L. has been walking the Southern Upland Way and camping along the route before coming to visit. We weren’t so adventurous but took a walk with her from the pretty village of St Boswells. The river was high following heavy rain the day before and the trees were beginning to change colour which is good, because Autumn is the most colourful season in The Borders. Continue reading →
A visit to The Gallery in the hamlet of Smailholm to preview their latest exhibition – Hive of Creativity ( http://www.kinsman-blakeceramics.co.uk ), gave us a chance to follow up with a walk to Smailholm Tower. Both are well worth the effort!